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. Read more

Relationship Between Alabama Judge, Tv Preacher Becoming Increasingly Problematic, Au Charges

Moore Appearance on Kennedy's Pleasure Cruise 'Grossly Inappropriate,' Says AU's Lynn

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

Ashcroft Statement On Islam Shows Ongoing Pattern Of Religious Insensitivity, Says Americans United

Attorney General Should Drop Religious Agenda, Says AU's Lynn

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

White House Endorses 'compromise' On Faith-based Initiative With Sens. Lieberman, Santorum

Bill Unfairly Tilts Playing Field Toward Religion, Raises Church-State Questions, Says AU's Lynn

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

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. Read more

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. Read more

Istook Introduces Constitutional Amendment Promoting Religion In Public Schools

Proposal Would Bring 'Devestating Changes' to First Amendment, Religious Liberty, Charges Americans United

U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) has unveiled a constitutional amendment to allow government-sponsored religion in public schools and other public buildings. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more