Americans United Asks Federal Court To Strike Down N.C. County’s Prayer Practice

Government Officials Coerced Citizens To Participate in Christian Prayer, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

Government Officials Coerced Citizens To Participate in Christian Prayer, Church-State Watchdog Group Says The Rowan County, N.C., Board of Commissioners’ practice of coercing citizens to participate in Christian prayers at its meetings should be struck d ... Read »

Discrimination Denounced

Americans United Joins A Broad Coalition Telling The White House It's Time To End Hiring Bias In The 'Faith-Based' Initiative

The year was 2008. The place was Zanesville, Ohio, a town of just over 25,000 that calls itself “Pottery Capital of the World” and the “Clay City” for its ceramics production. Then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was giving a standard campa ... Read »

Ten Myths About The Ten Commandments

Religious Right Groups Hold Strong Beliefs About The Decalogue, But It Turns Out That Much Of What They Know Just Isn't So

Legislators in Arkansas believe that you can’t fathom America without first understanding the Ten Commandments. “In order that they may understand and appreciate the basic principles of the American system of government, the people of the United States of ... Read »

Contemptuous Clerks

In Kentucky, Local Officials Are Breaking The Law Rather Than Allow Same-Sex Couples To Marry

For Kim Davis, orange really was the new black. The Rowan County, Ky., clerk briefly occupied a Carter County Detention Center cell in early September for her steadfast refusal to issue marriage licenses to would-be newlyweds. Davis, an Apostolic Christia ... Read »

Americans United in Action

Staff Members and Activists Support Church-State Separation Nationwide

Members of the Americans United staff remain busy promoting church-state separation in the media and in public forums. Here is a round-up of recent activities: Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn continues speaking and doing media appearance ... Read »

Obama Administration Issues Faith-Based Regulations

“ Faith-based” groups that contract with the federal government must not use public funds for sectarian activities, the Obama administration announced in August. The new regulations dictate that individuals who receive services from publicly funded faith- ... Read »