Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's reliance on religious rhetoric to decide a case pending before him has sparked sharp criticism from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
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. Read more
The ongoing relationship between Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and TV preacher D. James Kennedy raises questions about judicial ethics, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's recent comments criticizing Islam suggest that the nation's top law enforcement official does not appreciate or understand religious diversity, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
A "compromise" version of the "faith-based" initiative endorsed today by President George W. Bush and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) poses constitutional problems, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more