Bob Dylan once said: “A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” By that standard, a South Carolina high school valedictorian who recited the Lord’s Prayer at his graduation is no hero. Read more
The official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Congress is debating a large defense authorization bill, and yesterday an appalling discussion took place over the issue of non-theistic chaplains in the military.
Our Armed Forces, mirroring the rest of society, are becoming more diverse. Military personnel come from all versions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Wicca, etc. Read more
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has faced pushback of late from his own party when it comes to his private school voucher expansion, but now it seems he’s cleared some major hurdles and will move forward.
We’ve known for some time that Walker had grand plans to fund religious and other private schools statewide, which I’m sure had nothing to do with the fact that voucher advocacy groups have donated $2.35 million to support Walker since 2006. Read more
The Louisiana legislature has let us down again.
On Saturday, the state Senate passed a bill intended to promote prayer in the public schools. HB 724 was adopted unanimously there, just as it was in the House of Representatives. The measure is now on its way to Gov. Bobby Jindal, and he is almost certain to sign it. Read more
Government grants to religious schools are unconstitutional, force taxpayers to subsidize discrimination and undermine the independence and integrity of religious institutions.
That’s the message Americans United is sending to the New Jersey legislature.
In a letter yesterday to State Senate President Stephen Sweeney and General Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, AU’s Delaware Valley Chapter urged lawmakers to reject proposed grants to two religious schools in the state. Read more
It has been a pretty tumultuous week for the issue of legislative prayer, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has said it will hear a case in which Americans United challenged a New York town board’s sectarian prayer practice. But for one Arizona lawmaker, that is far from the only “controversy” surrounding pre-meeting invocations. Read more