Vouchers Require Taxpayer Funding For Religious Indoctrination, Says Americans United

State-Supported Religion Is Unconstitutional, Group Charges

Private school voucher plans force Americans to pay taxes to support religious indoctrination and thus should be struck down by the Supreme Court, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, a case testing the constitutionality of Cleveland's private school voucher plan. Americans United, which helped bring the legal challenge to the Cleveland program, has asked the high court to declare voucher aid to church schools a violation of church-state separation.

Bush's $3.7-billion Education Tax Credit Proposal Is 'back-door Voucher Scheme,' Says Au

White House Budget Seeks to Curry Favor with Religious Right, Charges AU's Lynn

President George W. Bush today released a new plan to offer $2,500 tax credits to pay for tuition at religious and other private schools, including home schools.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State said it is wrong for the federal government to subsidize private religious education.

President Bush Names New Head Of Faith-based Office

Beleaguered Initiative is 'Stilled on the Track, Will Need More Thank a New Conductor,' Says AU's Lynn

In an effort to get his beleaguered "faith-based" initiative moving again, President George W. Bush has picked Jim Towey as the new director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Towey, who has headed the Florida-based Aging With Dignity since 1996, was named today at a White House ceremony. Towey replaces John J. DiIulio, who left the office in August.

Islamic Lessons In California Public School Cross Church-state Line, Charges Americans United

Seventh-Grade Class Asked to Adopt Muslim Names, Dress in Islamic Clothing, Memorize Islamic Prayers

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has contacted school officials in California, raising legal questions about a seventh-grade class in which students were asked to adopt Muslim names, dress in Islamic clothing and memorize Islamic prayers.

New Report Finds Common Ground On Community Help For Those In Need

Document Outlines Ways To Provide Assistance Without Violating The Constitution, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today that it supports a consensus report designed to outline appropriate ways to provide assistance to those in need through faith-based and other community organizations.