The official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Some people just have to learn everything the hard way.
According to a Louisiana newspaper, the Rapides Parish Police Jury has voted 8-1 to put the Ten Commandments on courtroom walls. (A police jury is what the people in some parts of Louisiana call their county council; its members are elected by the voters.)
The jury approved a motion to display the Decalogue, despite a strong warning from jury legal counsel.
The state of New York faces a daunting budget shortfall of $10 billion. The state’s public schools and universities have been told to expect a 10 percent across-the-board funding cut.
So naturally it’s time for state legislators to approve an $18 million appropriation for Orthodox Jewish seminary students.
Thanks to yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, it will now be a lot easier for the government to fund religion.
The high court, in a 5-4 decision in Arizona Christian Tuition Organization v. Winn, ruled that taxpayers have no right to challenge tax credits, exemptions or deductions that support religious organizations.
Every year around Halloween, Religious Right groups start whining about an alleged “war on Christmas.” According to them, advocates of church-state separation have teamed up with politically correct secularists to drive all mention of the December holiday out of public life.
Yesterday, my colleague Rob Boston reminded us that the Religious Right’s influence is alive and well.
South Dakota legislators recently passed a controversial law placing new restrictions on abortion. A three-day waiting period (the longest in the nation) has drawn the most attention, but another provision is problematic from a church-state perspective. It requires any woman seeking an abortion to first undergo “counseling” at a “crisis pregnancy center.”
In a few hours, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on whether to reauthorize a taxpayer-funded school voucher program.
Americans United has been working diligently to put a stop to H.R. 471, a measure introduced by House Speaker John Boehner that would allot $100 million over the next five years to restart and expand the failed voucher “experiment” in the District of Columbia.
Marriage equality for same-sex couples has been a controversial issue in many parts of the country. But even as that dispute rages, a quieter debate is taking place affecting marriages: Who can perform them?
Laws vary from state to state and even county to county. In some places, it can be difficult for people who want a non-religious service to get one. Sure, a judge or municipal official is almost always willing to preside at a ceremony – but often during limited hours on weekdays at the courthouse.
Religious Right influence over the nation’s presidential election process ought to be of deep concern to all Americans who value individual freedom and the separation of church and state.
The New York Times reported yesterday that right-wing religious forces in Iowa have extraordinary control over political life in the Hawkeye State.