Americans United for Separation of Church and State has renewed its call for U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige to resign in light of Paige's ongoing refusal to repudiate his belief that public schools should promote Christianity.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's display of the Ten Commandments in the state Judicial Building violates the U.S. Constitution, Americans United has told a federal appeals court.
In an appellees' brief filed April 14, attorneys with Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court ruling and require Moore to remove the religious monument.
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige should repudiate his recent remarks favoring Christianity in public schools and expressing hostility toward religious diversity, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In an April 8 letter to Paige, Americans United demanded that the federal official apologize for his remarks about religion in the schools or step down from his public post.
U.S. military officials should order a chaplain in Iraq to stop offering food and fresh water for bathing to soldiers in exchange for being baptized and listening to his sermons, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the Army today.
Americans United has asked the Army to rein in the activities of Chaplain Josh Llano at Camp Bushmaster in Iraq. On April 4, the Miami Herald reported that Llano bragged about enticing soldiers to become baptized by offering them clean water in his baptismal font.
After months of frequently heated debate, the U.S. Senate today approved "faith-based" legislation that Americans United for Separation of Church and State called a "significant improvement" over the legislation's earlier versions.
In an April 8 letter to senators, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn thanked them for removing language from the bill, known as the "Charity Aid, Recovery & Empowerment Act of 2003" (or CARE Act) that would have exempted religious charities from certain constitutional and civil rights safeguards.
U.S. Rep. Ernest J. Istook's latest attempt to add a school prayer amendment to the Constitution deserves a speedy defeat in Congress, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
"It's time again to remind the U.S. Congress of a fundamental truth: The First Amendment is not broken and doesn't need to be fixed," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Istook's amendment claims to protect the people's right to pray, but that right is already protected by the First Amendment. "
U.S. Army assistance to a Southern Baptist evangelism program violates the U.S. Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In an April 4 letter to Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White, Americans United protested Major General William G. Boykin's endorsement of a Southern Baptist evangelism program and his use of Ft. Bragg, N.C., military facilities and personnel to host and promote the ministry.
A proposed compromise on controversial elements of the Senate "faith-based" plan eliminates major constitutional issues and may pave the way for Senate passage, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
At a press conference today in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) announced that he supports the removal of a section of the CARE (Charitable Aid, Recovery and Empowerment) Act that has provoked constitutional concerns.
Public schools have no legal obligation to help an evangelical Christian group promote itself to young school children, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has advised a federal appeals court.
Americans United and allied groups filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief March 25 arguing that a New Jersey public school does not have to allow the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) to post signs in schools, participate in a "back-to-school night" and require teachers to distribute its promotional fliers in class.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development should scrap proposed regulations governing "faith-based" organizations because they violate the U.S. Constitution and undercut civil rights protections, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
HUD announced rule changes dealing with its policy toward faith-based organizations in January. On March 25, the U.S. House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee is holding a hearing on the new regulations and how they will affect participation of faith-based groups in HUD-funded programs.