Supreme Court Case To Test States' Ability To Refuse To Pay For Religious Training

High Court Should Uphold Taxpayers' Right To Avoid Subsidizing Theology Students, Says Americans United

The U.S. Supreme Court should uphold the right of states to refuse to pay for the training of theology students, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The high court announced May 19 that it would hear a dispute from Washington state involving a theology student who wanted a state grant to study to become a minister. State officials, citing provisions in the Washington Constitution barring tax support for religion, refused.

House Approves Contentious Religious Discrimination Provision In Job-training Bill

Americans United Urges Senate To Reject House Action That Would Allow For Federal Funding of Religious Discrimination

Ignoring calls to respect civil liberties, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed a major job-training bill with a provision that would permit employment discrimination based on religious beliefs in federally funded programs.

"The House has just approved legislation that undermines our nation's commitment to civil rights and attacks the church-state wall," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "It's shameful."

D.c. Mayor Flip-flops To Promote Vouchers

Plan Will Undermine Public Education in the District, says Americans United

Just days after reaffirming his opposition to President Bush's plan to bring school vouchers to D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams emerged from secret negotiations with the Education Department having traded his support for vouchers for promises of additional funds for D.C. public schools in the next budget. Congress will vote on D.C. vouchers soon.

D.c. Mayor Flip-flops To Promote Vouchers

Plan Will Undermine Public Education in the District, says Americans United

Just days after reaffirming his opposition to President Bush's plan to bring school vouchers to D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams emerged from secret negotiations with the Education Department having traded his support for vouchers for promises of additional funds for D.C. public schools in the next budget. Congress will vote on D.C. vouchers soon.

U.s. House Rejects Effort To Add Vouchers To Special Education Bill

Vote Is A Setback For Pro-Voucher Crusade, Says Americans United

The U.S. House of Representatives today rejected two efforts to add private-school vouchers to a special-education bill. Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed the votes, calling them strong evidence that Congress does not support giving tax aid to religious education.

"This should be a message to President Bush," said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. "A substantial majority of the House does not think vouchers are wise or workable."

'faith-based' Debate Over Jobs Bill Expected Soon In U.s. House

Job Training Bill Would Fund Religious Discrimination In Hiring, Charges Americans United

An impending vote on a major job-training bill in Congress is likely to be the next battle over the White House's "faith-based" agenda, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Late last month, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce sent to the floor a bill that would allow "faith-based" groups to receive job training funds and still discriminate on religious grounds in hiring.

School-sponsored Prayers At Virginia Military Institute Held Unconstitutional

Americans United Lauds Decision Barring Public Universities From Compelling Students To Attend Religious Worship

A federal appeals court yesterday declared the Virginia Military Institute's practice of requiring prayers before supper unconstitutional. Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed the unanimous decision, saying it protects freedom of conscience.

'national Day Of Prayer' Entangles Religion And Government, Says Au

Government Officials Should Not Tell Americans When And How To Pray, Says AU's Lynn

The National Day of Prayer inappropriately entangles religion and government and undercuts authentic expressions of faith, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"The National Day of Prayer is to authentic religion what 'Mr. Personality' is to romance: a sham and a poor imitation of the real thing," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. "I don't look to government officials to tell me when and how to pray, and I don 't think most other Americans do either.

Arkansas School Board's Restrictions On Harry Potter Overturned

Americans United Praises Federal Judge For Rejecting Library Book Censorship

A federal court in Arkansas has properly dismissed an attempt by a school board to restrict access to the popular Harry Potter books, said Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

On April 22, U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren ordered the Cedarville School District to make the Potter books available for general circulation in school libraries. The ruling overturned an action of the Cedarville School Board, which voted 3-2 last year to require students to obtain a parent's permission to check the books out.

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