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Fighting The Establishment: Will The Royal Wedding Be The Church Of England’s Last Hurrah?

As much as I love our friends across the pond, I suspect I’m not the only one who’s already tired of hearing about England’s royal wedding – and it hasn’t even happened yet. I’m thinking of engaging in a media blackout on Friday.

But one aspect of the event did catch my attention: The gala affair has put the spotlight on the Church of England and the close relationship between religion and government in the United Kingdom.

College Class: Students Express Support For Church-State Separation

It’s always a pleasure to find fellow church-state separationists who are as passionate about the First Amendment as we at Americans United are.

This week, two college students have taken the time to speak out against what they see is unconstitutional government mingling with religion.

Pennsylvania Voucher Stumbles in the Senate

Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate had scheduled a floor vote on SB 1, a bill to create a statewide, taxpayer-funded private school voucher program. The bill never made it to the floor, however, after hours of closed-door meetings among Republican leadership. Proponents of the bill claim that consideration was delayed because Senate leadership needs time to make minor changes to the bill, but other reports say the leadership is scrambling for votes due to concerns about the cost of the program. Last week's delay, however, is not permanent and the bill may move early this week.

Prisoners’ Plea Proscribed: High Court Limits Inmates’ Religious Liberty Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court has let us down again this week.

The justices ruled 6-2 that prisoners cannot seek money damages from the state when their rights are violated under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). The federal statute’s purpose, in part, is to protect prisoners’ rights to practice their religion.

Cross Purpose: Religious Right Lawyers Secularize Christian Symbol To Get Utah Case Before Supreme Court

For Christians, it’s Holy Week, and you don’t have to look too far to find crosses on display at churches and other venues. As pretty much everyone knows, that symbol represents the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and is generally regarded as the central representation of the Christian faith.

But if you ask the lawyers at the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), you might get a different take.

‘Freedom To Believe…Or Not’: Nick News Focuses On Kids And Religious Liberty

Earlier this week, I talked about how important it is for young people today to know their rights – especially when it comes to religious freedom.

There are many misconceptions out there about what the First Amendment says. As adults, we often forget that these fallacies can affect kids from an early age.

‘Faith-Based’ Fracas: Supreme Court Lets Taxpayer Challenge Go Forward In Kentucky

Americans United got some good news yesterday in a “faith-based” funding case that began back in 2000.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Alicia Pedreira and other Kentucky taxpayers against the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children. Using millions in public funds, the sectarian childcare agency has been indoctrinating children in religious beliefs and discriminating on religious grounds in employment, firing Pedreira for being a lesbian.

Delaware Valley Chapter (PA/NJ) Hosts Second Annual Church-State Symposium

On Saturday, April 9, the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United hosted their Second Annual Church-State Issues Symposium at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The all-day event featured lively presentations by an array of speakers. Rev. Barry Lynn delivered the keynote address on "Separation of Church and State--It's Not Just About School Prayer Anymore; It's About Everything".

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