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Americans United for Separation of Church and State

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser speaking at the Freedom From Religion Foundation's 2019 National Convention. |

Rachel Laser, president and CEO of the secular group Americans United for Separation of Church and State, predicted in a statement that as an African American woman, Jackson “will help ensure that the court better reflects America and includes perspectives that have long been ignored.”

“Justice Jackson’s judicial record on church-state separation law is not extensive but her answers during the confirmation hearings were reassuring,” she asserted.

Laser specifically praised how “she promised not to impose her personal religious beliefs on others through the law, and she recognized the key role both the Free Exercise and Establishment clauses play in protecting religious freedom for all of us.”

Laser went on to express hope that Jackson will be “a bulwark against the court’s ultra-conservative majority, who seem set on redefining religious freedom as a sword to harm others instead of a shield to protect all of us.”

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