Andrew L. Seidel

Andrew L. Seidel

Andrew L. Seidel is an attorney and author. He is the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, where he uses his law degree to challenge religious bullies. He is one of the few attorneys in the country to have argued a religious test clause case. His first book The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American hits shelves in May. Renowned constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky who described it as “a beautifully written book” that “explodes a frequently expressed myth: that the United States was created as a Christian nation.” When not fighting for the First Amendment, Andrew writes for Think Progress, Religion News Service, Rewire News and elsewhere. Follow Andrew on social media: @AndrewLSeidel

National Day of Prayer Is Illegal, But Courts Won’t Hear Challenges

In 2010 the district court correctly decided that the National Day of Prayer violated the First Amendment: “Its sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function.” On appeal, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not disagree—it couldn’t—but it tossed the case.

Justice Thomas Fails on Religious Test Answer

Thomas's opinion on religious tests wasn't about right or wrong, or even of the Constitution, it's a political argument designed to muzzle such questions in hopes of easing and paving a path for conservative justices who would place faith above the Constitution.