Federal Appeals Panel Wrong About 'faith-based' Funding, Says Americans United

Civil Liberties Groups Urge Full 7th Circuit To Reverse Flawed Ruling That Undermines Church-State Separation

A federal appeals court panel stretched the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on school vouchers to allow for direct state aid to a "faith-based" rehabilitation program for ex-offenders, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

On April 17, Americans United and three other public interest groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that a three-judge panel misapplied Supreme Court precedent in upholding Wisconsin funding for Faith Works, an evangelical Christian group that operates a halfway house.

Release Of Transcript Fails To Vindicate Education Secretary Paige, Says Americans United

Education Department Leader's Comments Still Show Favoritism Toward Christianity In Public Schools, Group Asserts

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.

Moore Must Remove Ten Commandments From Alabama Judicial Building, Americans United Tells Appeals Court

Alabama Chief Justice Has No Right To Display Religious Symbol In Courthouse, Say AU And Allied Groups

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.

Army Must Halt Iraq Chaplain's 'coerced Baptisms,' Says Americans United

Civil Liberties Group Urges Military To Stop Activities Of 'Southern Baptist Evangelist'

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.

Senate Passes Dramatically Improved 'faith-based' Bill

Controversial Church-State Language Deleted From 'CARE Act,' Says Americans United

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.

Istook School Prayer Amendment Unnecessary, Divisive And Dangerous, Says Americans United

First Amendment Does Not Need To Be Rewritten, Group Asserts

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. "

Education Secretary Paige Should Repudiate Remarks About Religion, Insists Americans United

Top Education Official's Promotion Of Christianity, Criticism Of Pluralism In Public Schools, Is Unacceptable, Says AU's Lynn

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 Support For Baptist Evangelism Program Draws Protest From Americans United

Use Of Army Base, Military Resources To Recruit Pastors Into Church Outreach Work Violates Constitution, Says Watchdog Group

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.

Proposed Changes In Senate 'faith-based' Plan Remove Major Constitutional Problems

Compromise May Pave Way For Passage Of 'CARE Act,' Says AU's Lynn

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 Are Not Required To Promote Evangelism, Americans United Tells Appeals Court

Teachers Cannot Be Forced To Distribute Fliers For Religious Outreach, Watchdog Group Advises Three-Judge Panel

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.

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