Americans United Urges Senate To Reject Mcconnell Nomination To Federal Appeals Court

Nominee's Views On Church-State Relations Far Outside Legal Mainstream, Watchdog Group Says

The Senate should reject the nomination of University of Utah law professor Michael McConnell to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a report released today, Americans United surveys McConnell's writings and finds unremitting hostility toward the separation of church and state. McConnell's disdain for this core constitutional principle, Americans United says, makes him unfit for the federal bench.

Government-sponsored Religious Service In Chicago Violates Constitution, Watchdog Group Warns

City-Commissioned Sept. 11 Prayer Raises Serious Legal Concerns, Says Americans United

A government-sponsored religious service in Chicago to commemorate Sept. 11 violates the U.S. Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a letter to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Americans United warned that the city's planned Sept. 11 memorial ceremony fosters too much entanglement between religion and government.

Congressional Chaplains Challenged

It's Time To Stop Taxing Americans To Pay For Worship In Congress, Says Americans United

Taxpayers should not be forced to fund chaplains in Congress, Americans United for Separation of Church and State said today, responding to the filing of a new federal lawsuit that challenges the practice.

Au Urges Georgia School District To Reject Scheme To Teach Religion In Public School Science Classes

Cobb County Proposal Would Promote Religion, Undermine Church-State Separation, Says Americans United's Lynn

A policy under consideration by the Cobb County, Ga., Board of Education is a thinly veiled effort to bring religion into public school science classrooms, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Last night, Cobb County's school board voted unanimously to spend 30 days studying a proposal to allow public school teachers to discuss "disputed views of academic subjects," including human origins. Supporters of the proposal have said the policy would allow science classes to introduce creationism into the curriculum.

Georgia Town Takes Down Religious Symbols After Civil Liberties Groups File Suit

All Americans Will Now Feel Welcome In Ringgold City Hall, Says Americans United

A Georgia town has taken down religious symbols from its city hall in an attempt to settle a lawsuit brought by civil liberties groups.

The Ringgold City Council removed framed copies of the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer from city hall earlier this week. An empty frame that council members said was for "those who believe in nothing" was also removed.

West Virginia School District Rescinds Graduation Prayer Policy

August 14, 2002

The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia and Americans United for Separation of Church and State applauded the decision of the Kanawha County (W.Va.) School Board to end a policy that permitted school-sponsored prayer at graduation ceremonies. U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. approved a settlement between the parties today.