Catholic Group Rejects Government Funds, Workout Videos, Because of Restrictions Against Religious Spending Demanded by AU - Fonda, NY

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors gave a tourism grant to a Catholic shrine to support the shrine’s celebration of the canonization of the shrine’s patron saint. In response to AU’s letter, the County considered a resolution that would have restricted the use of the grant money to secular items. AU sent a follow-up letter explaining that any money given to a religious shrine to support a religious event would unconstitutionally support religious activity. The shrine ultimately declined the grant because it could not agree to the restrictions on the use of the money.

Religious Content Removed From Public-School Assembly at AU’s Request - Weston, WV

A public middle school and high school planned to hold a musical assembly — featuring a religious band with a singer known to regularly give speeches about his religious beliefs during performances — during the school day. AU sent a letter explaining that the inclusion of religious content in a school assembly violates the U.S. Constitution, and the school acted to ensure that the assembly was completely secular and that there were reasonable alternative activities for students who did not wish to attend the assembly.

AU Ends Bible Distribution at Public School - Reedley, CA

AU received a complaint that a middle school was allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles to students as they entered the school after getting off the school bus. AU wrote to the school district and objected to this practice, explaining that allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles on school property during the school day was unconstitutional. The school agreed to put an end to the distributions.

Public School Removes Religious Affirmation from Student Creed after AU Letter - Westminster, SC

The West Oak High School student handbook features an official student creed, which included the affirmation "I believe in faith, for without it, I am a lost soul in a lost world." AU objected to this affirmation, explaining that it is unconstitutional for a public school to inject religious affirmations into school curriculum and culture. Subsequent to our letter, the school district removed the religious affirmation from the student creed.

School District Agrees With AU That It Must Take Steps to Ensure No More Religious Assemblies - Denton, TX

A public school hosted an assembly featuring a religious group known as Team Impact. Although the in-school presentation was secular, the group used the assembly to invite students to a religious after-school event. AU wrote to the school district to explain that it is unconstitutional for the school to allow Team Impact to use a school event to invite students to a religious activity. The school district agreed with our assessment, and has spoken with the principal of the school to ensure that this does not happen again.

AU Gets School to Remove Religious Content From Assembly - Douglas, GA

AU received a complaint regarding a planned public-school assembly featuring Dean Sikes, an evangelical pastor who speaks at schools around the South. His presentations commonly feature proselytizing and religious messages, so AU wrote to school officials to alert them to this pattern and to caution them not to allow Sikes to proselytize students. School officials agreed, and our complainant reported that there was no religious content in the assembly.

Louisville, KY

AU learned that the University of Louisville Hospital planned to participate in a merger with a Catholic hospital. This would have resulted in a public hospital being subject to religious rules and restrictions on reproductive healthcare followed by Catholic health-care providers. AU wrote to Kentucky’s Governor and Attorney General and warned them that the merger would be unconstitutional. The Governor declined to approve the merger, in part because of the church-state separation concerns AU raised.