Failed Experiment

Despite Sketchy Schools And Disappointing Results, Washington, D.C.’s Private School Voucher Plan Continues To Stumble Along

As schools go, the Academia de la Recta Porta in Washington, D.C., doesn’t seem to offer much. Squeezed between grimy storefronts in a tumble-down area of northwest D.C. near the Maryland line, the school consists of just two classrooms. The school’s musi ... Read »

AU in Action

Staff Members And Activists Support Church-State Separation

Americans United staff members and activists remain busy promoting separation of church and state in several venues. During an Americans United Board of Trustees meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 9, Bishop John Shelby Spong, a prominent American theologia ... Read »

Science Lesson: Celebrating 10 Years Of The Dover Decision

On Dec. 20, 2005, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania handed down an important ruling in a case challenging the teaching of “intelligent design” creationism in public schools. In Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Dis ... Read »

Wash. High School Coach Claims God Approves Prayers

A football coach at a Bremerton, Wash., high school is on paid leave after refusing to end his public post-game prayers. Joseph Kennedy has held the prayers on the 50-yard line since 2008 and claims he has “an agreement with God” to continue them. In Octo ... Read »

Motorcycle Group Challenges Kan. Anti-Picketing Law

Members of a motorcycle club called Journey 4 Justice pled not guilty to picketing a religious event in November. The group maintains a presence outside Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., where its members use a large American flag to hide the churc ... Read »

D.C. Church Claims Bike Lane Would Violate Religious Freedom

A church in downtown Washington, D.C., is asserting that a proposed bicycle lane on its street would violate its free exercise of religion, a claim Americans United has challenged in a letter to city officials. In a letter sent October 20 to the District ... Read »

AU Tells Utah University To End Classes In LDS Faith

Americans United has asked the University of Utah to end a supposedly voluntary religious class taught by two assistant coaches with the school’s football team. Thanks to a media report, Americans United learned that Morgan Scalley, the Utes’ safeties and ... Read »

Bogus Battle

Religious Right Claims Of A ‘War On Christmas’ Are Thinner Than Cheap Wrapping Paper

Henry Ford, the famed industrialist and notorious anti-Semite, once pontificated that Jews were ruining Christmas. “The whole record of the Jewish opposition to Christmas...shows the venom and directness of [their] attack,” Ford carped in an early 1920s w ... Read »

Access Denied

Prodded By Religious Right Extremists, State Officials Are Increasingly Decimating Reproductive Care Options For Women

On Oct. 22, Texas health investigators raided Planned Parenthood clinics across the state. Representatives of the Texas Office of the Inspector General demanded patient and billing records from clinics in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio and gave t ... Read »