Government-sponsored National Day Of Prayer Undermines Church-state Separation, Says Au

Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Chaplain Helps Religious Right Group By Drafting Official 'Prayer For America'

The National Day of Prayer (NDP) is a federally mandated religious observance that undermines the core of the First Amendment, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"It is wholly inconsistent with the principles of the First Amendment for the government to set aside a special 'prayer day' for the nation," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Americans don't need official instruction from politicians on when and how to pray." Read more

Federally Funded Religious Texts For Afghanistan Run Afoul Of First Amendment, Americans United Charges

Tax Dollars Shouldn't Be Used to Purchase Religious Materials 'Here or Abroad,' Says AU's Lynn

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) violated the First Amendment when it used public funds to produce religious texts for schools in Afghanistan, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Colorado School District Unanimously Rejects Creationism In Science Classes

School Board Votes Down Proposal After AU Threatens Lawsuit

A public school board in Joes, Colo., voted unanimously last night to reject a proposal to introduce creationism into its science classes after Americans United for Separation of Church and State warned local officials the effort could lead to legal action. Read more

Americans Don't Want Churches Mixing Religion With Partisan Politics, New Poll Shows

Congressional Efforts to Change Tax Law Should Come to a 'Screeching Halt,' Says AU's Lynn

A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe churches should not endorse candidates for public office, results that will likely slow down congressional efforts to allow church-based politicking, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Alabama Lawmaker Unveils Patently Unconstitutional 'ten Commandments Defense Act'

'Aderholt Isn't Moses, and Capitol Hill Isn't Mt. Saini,' Says Americans United

An Alabama congressman's scheme to display the Ten Commandments in schools and other public buildings blatantly violates the U.S. Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Supreme Court Rejection Of Ten Commandments Case Reaffirms Church-state Separation, Says Au

Public Buildings Should Not Display Religious Symbols, Says AU's Lynn

The Supreme Court's refusal to hear an Indiana case concerning government display of the Ten Commandments is another defeat for the movement to adorn courthouses and public schools with religious symbols, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

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