Federal Appeals Court Denies Another Hearing Of 'under God' Case

Ruling Protects Right Of Conscience, Says Americans United

A federal appeals court in California has rejected calls to rehear a controversial ruling that struck down recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools due to its religious content. Today's decision, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State, protects freedom of conscience.

"The government should not link religion and patriotism," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United Executive Director. "An individual can express love of country regardless of his or her religious or philosophical outlook."

Education Department's Religion Rules Push Schools To Allow Prayer, Charges Americans United

Watchdog Group Offers Legal Assistance To Schools Unfairly Threatened With Funding Cut-Off

New federal guidelines "push the envelope" on religion in public schools beyond what the courts have allowed, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
On Feb. 7, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidelines governing religious activities in public schools. School officials who fail to comply with the government edict face the possible loss of federal education funds.

'faith-based' Controversy Expected In U.s. Senate Soon

Senate Committee Approves Modified Version Of Bush 'Faith-Based' Initiative

The Senate Finance Committee has approved a sharply modified version of President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative, and observers are expecting debate on the Senate floor soon.


Bush Voucher Plan Threatens Public Schools, Taxpayers' Rights, Says Watchdog Group

Scheme Would Subsidize Religious Schools With Public Funds, AU's Lynn Charges

A Bush administration plan to subsidize religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia would threaten public education and violate taxpayers' rights, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.


Bush-backed Addiction Programs Promote Religion, Shouldn't Get Public Funds, Says Au

Teen Challenge, Louisiana Church Program Proselytize Clients On Behalf Of Evangelical Christianity

 The "faith-based" addiction programs promoted by President George W. Bush this week proselytize on behalf of evangelical Christianity and should not get public funds, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.