Manhattan, Kan., City Commission Agrees To Remove Ten Commandments Display From City Hall Grounds

Americans United Applauds Ruling Supporting Public Education, Church-State Separation

After several months of contentious debate, the Manhattan, Kan., City Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday night to remove a Ten Commandments stone monolith from the grounds of the City Hall.

The nearly six-foot-tall granite tablet was originally placed in front of the building in 1958. In November, after a building renovation, the city's commissioners voted to turn the monument sideways so as to make the display less prominent. Read more

National Day Of Prayer Has Become Platform For Religious Right Propaganda Campaign, Charges Church-state Watchdog Group

Americans United Says National Day of Prayer Task Force Promotes Inaccurate 'Christian Nation' Version of History

The annual National Day of Prayer has been hijacked by Religious Right organizations that are using it to promote their religious political agenda, charges Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The National Day of Prayer is a congressionally mandated observance that occurs on the first Thursday of each May (May 6 this year). Established by Congress as an annual event in 1952, the date was set in 1988 as the first Thursday in May. Read more

Statement Of The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, On Religious Right Proposals Stemming From The Littlet

"The recent shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., horrified the nation. In the wake of this tragedy, some have asserted that America could avoid similar problems in the future by interjecting religious worship and religious instruction into public schools. This is a profoundly misguided reaction. Read more

Maine Supreme Court Rejects Private Religious School Vouchers

Americans United Applauds Decision To Protect Church-State Separation

The Maine Supreme Court ruled Friday, April 23, that publicly funded voucher subsidies for private religious schools are unconstitutional.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, one of the groups that helped fight the voucher proposal in Maine's courts, applauded the ruling as a victory for public schools and church-state separation. Read more

Children's Scholarship Fund Private Voucher Plan Is Ruse To Win Support For Taxpayer Funding

Americans United Says Voucher Legislation Violates Church-State Separation, Is 'Patently' Unconstitutional

CEO America's widely publicized privately funded voucher plan is a ruse the group hopes will lead to taxpayer support of religious and other private schools, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"Americans shouldn't be fooled," said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. "CEO America wants to privatize the public school system. Their much-ballyhooed 'scholarship' scheme is merely a step in that direction." Read more

Federal Court Upholds Revocation Of Tax Exemption Of New York Church For Partisan Politicking

Nation will miss 'great advocate of church-state separation and freedom of conscience,' says AU leader

A federal court acted appropriately when it ruled that a New York church that engaged in blatant partisan politicking deserved to have its tax exemption revoked, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United, a national watchdog group that filed the original 1992 complaint against the Church at Pierce Creek in Vestal, N.Y., applauded the decision as a victory for church-state separation and common sense. Read more

Roman Catholic Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Should Drop Plan To Produce Voter Guides, Says Americans United

County Heeds Legal Warnings, Avoids Church-State Lawsuit

Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua's plan to distribute voter guides in Roman Catholic churches could lead to tax problems for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a March 30 letter to Bevilacqua, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn noted that tax-exempt charities, which includes churches, are "absolutely prohibited from intervening in political campaigns." Read more

Pueblo West Land Sale To Catholic Church Is Unconstitutional 'Sweetheart Deal,'

A plan by government officials in Pueblo West, Colo., to sell a parcel of land to a Roman Catholic church for a fraction of its value raises serious First Amendment concerns, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"This arrangement smacks of a sweetheart deal," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Government may not give religious groups this type of financial benefit." Read more

Christian Coalition's 'Get Out The Vote' Project Is Desperate Attempt To Regain Momentum

Robertson Is Under Investigation, For Alleged Unethical Business Practice, Notes AU

Washington, D.C. — Awash in legal and public relations woes, TV preacher Pat Robertson and his Christian Coalition today attempted to turn the tide against them by announcing a "get out the vote" strategy for religious conservatives in advance of the 2000 elections. Read more

Virginia Governor Should Rescind Tv Preacher's Appointment To State Business Board

According to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Virginia Gov. James Gilmore should reconsider his decision to appoint TV preacher Pat Robertson to a business development board because Robertson is under investigation in the state for alleged unethical business practices. Read more

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