Bush Touts Voucher Aid To Religious Schools, Tax Support For 'faith-based' Services

'There's Nothing Compassionate About Forcing Americans To Support Religion,' Says AU's Lynn

President George W. Bush's escalated crusade to channel public funds to religious schools and "faith-based" social services has drawn criticism from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Supreme Court Ruling For Religious School Vouchers Shifts Battle To States, Congress, Says Au

Despite Court Ruling, Voucher Schemes Will Still Face Major Hurdles, Says AU's Lynn

Today's Supreme Court decision upholding a Cleveland religious school voucher program shifts the battle over this issue from the courts to the state legislatures and Congress, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"This battle is not over; it's just starting," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, one of the organizations that brought the challenge to Cleveland's voucher program before the high court. "This is a sad day for religious liberty and public education in America, but it does not spell the end of either." Read more

Public Schools Can't Require Flag Pledge With 'under God' In It, Federal Court Rules

Decision Respects Freedom Of Conscience, Says AU's Lynn

Congress violated the constitutional separation of church and state when it passed a law adding the words "under God" to the Pledge to the Flag, and public school officials cannot pressure students to recite it, a federal appellate court has ruled. Read more

House Approves Legislation To Sell Federal Land In Wyoming To Mormon Church

AU's Lynn Says Land Deal to Benefit One Religious Group is Unconstitutional

Americans United for Separation of Church and State criticized the House of Representatives for approving a bill that would require the federal government to sell over 900 acres of federal land in Wyoming to the Mormon Church. The measure passed on a voice vote this afternoon. Read more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Ohio Ordinance Regulating Door-to-door Advocacy

Americans Should Not Have To Get Government Permission To Spread Views, AU Says

Today's Supreme Court decision striking down an Ohio city ordinance regulating door-to-door advocacy is a victory for religious freedom, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Federal Court Stops Graduation Prayer At West Virginia High School

AU, ACLU of West Virginia Prevent Kanawha County from Promoting Religion at Official School Event

A federal judge in West Virginia has announced that a public school in St. Albans, West Virginia, may not include school-sponsored prayer as part of its graduation ceremony.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia filed suit this week, arguing that the school's plan to include worship as part of the commencement activities ran afoul of the First Amendment's separation of church and state. Read more

Americans United, Aclu Of West Virginia File Suit To Stop School-sponsored Graduation Prayer

'School Officials Have No Business Promoting Religion at an Official School Event,' Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia filed a federal lawsuit today to stop a public school in St. Albans, West Virginia, from including school-sponsored prayer at its graduation ceremony. Read more

Congress Should Not Open The Door To Church-based Partisan Politicking, Americans United Tells House Panel

AU's Lynn Says Proposed Bills Would Allow TV Preachers To Turn Churches Into A 'Powerful Political Machine'

Changing federal tax law to allow houses of worship to engage in partisan politicking would threaten the integrity of churches and create a dangerous loophole in campaign finance laws, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

House Oversight Committee To Hold Hearing On Controversial Church Politicking Bills

AU's Lynn To Testify On Dangers Of Houses Of Worship Engaging In Partisan Campaign Activities

The House Ways & Means Oversight Committee has announced plans to hold a May 14 hearing on controversial proposals to allow houses of worship to engage in partisan politicking. Read more

Americans United Questions Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate's 'faith-based Vote Buying' Scheme

Ehrlich Church-Funding Proposal Raises Legal, Ethical Concerns, Says Watchdog Group

Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Robert Ehrlich's boast that he will use the promise of government funding for churches to win black votes underscores the dangers inherent in "faith-based" initiatives, Americans United for Separation of Church and State said today. Read more

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