Americans United Condemns House Committee Passage Of Bill Cutting Off Attorneys' Fees In Church-state Cases

Measure Is More Pandering To The Religious Right, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today blasted the House Judiciary Committee’s approval of a bill that would make it more difficult for Americans to challenge church-state violations in court.

The so-called “Public Expression of Religion Act” targets those who stand up to church-state infringements by government officials. The measure, H.R. 2679, denies legal fees and out-of-pocket expenses to plaintiffs who win lawsuits under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which bans the government from promoting religion. Read more

Americans United And Aclu Make Offer To Settle Dispute Over Devotional Art In West Virginia School

Proposed Agreement Calls On School Officials To Refrain From Further Promotion Of Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia have offered to drop a lawsuit against a West Virginia school district that had a portrait of Jesus hanging in a high school, provided that officials agree to stop promoting religion.

The devotional portrait, Warner Sallman’s “Head of Christ,” has been hanging outside the principal’s office for 30 years. Recently, the portrait was stolen, although school officials have intimated that they might replace it. Read more

Americans United Will Represent New Jersey School District In Lawsuit Over Football Coach's Prayers

Civil Liberties Group To Handle Appeal In Federal Court Pro Bono

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has agreed to represent a New Jersey school district being sued by a football coach who wants to take part in religious activity with players.

Football coach Marcus Borden sued the East Brunswick School District last year after school officials told him to stop participating in prayer and other religious activities with players. In court, Borden asserted that his right to free expression had been violated. Read more

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Bible Display At Texas Courthouse

Americans United Hails Decision For Upholding Government Neutrality Toward Religion

A federal appeals court has held that a Bible display outside a Texas county courthouse violates the separation of church and state.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a religious memorial outside the Harris County Civil Courthouse violates the First Amendment principle of church-state separation. Read more

AU Blasts Religious Right Leader Dobson's Campaign To Build Church-based Political Machine

Drive To Politicize Evangelical Pulpits During Fall Elections Jeopardizes Church Tax Exemptions, Warns AU'S Lynn

Religious Right leader James Dobson’s drive to build a church-based political machine will jeopardize the tax exemption of participating congregations, warns Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a recent e-mail alert to supporters, Dobson’s Focus on the Family (FOF) said it will work with eight state affiliates to mobilize evangelical Christian voters before the November elections. States targeted include Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, Minnesota, Montana and Tennessee. Read more

Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Faith-based Prison Program To Proceed

Pennsylvania County Fails In Effort To Dismiss Legal Challenge

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has allowed a lawsuit against government funding of a faith-based prison ministry to proceed.

On Aug. 10, U.S. District Judge James M. Munley dismissed an attempt by Bradford County officials to scuttle a lawsuit brought last year challenging local, state and federal funding of an evangelical prison ministry.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State along with the law firm of Arnold & Porter and the ACLU of Pennsylvania are representing members of the Bradford County Alliance for Democracy (BCAD) in the lawsuit. Read more

Americans United Presses Va For Right Of Wiccans To Use Pentacle Symbol At Military Memorials

National Church-State Watchdog Group Will Represent Wife Of Fallen Soldier And Wisconsin-Based Wiccan Church

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is stepping up its effort to persuade the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to approve a Wiccan symbol for headstones, plaques and other memorials of deceased veterans. Read more

Religious Right Groups Seek Limits On Church-state Lawsuits

Don't Discourage Americans From Asserting Their Religious Liberty Rights In Court, Americans United's Lynn Urges Senate Panel

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution not to make it more difficult for Americans to bring church-state violations into court. Read more

Americans United Urges House Committee To Defeat Bill Cutting Off Attorneys' Fees In Church-state Cases

'Mean-Spirited' Measure Seeks To Discourage Americans From Asserting Their Fundamental Religious Liberty Rights In Court, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the House Judiciary Committee to reject a bill that would make it more difficult for Americans to bring church-state violations into court.

The so-called “Public Expression of Religion Act” targets those who challenge church-state infringements by government officials. The measure, H.R. 2679, denies legal fees and out-of-pocket expenses to plaintiffs who win lawsuits under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. It is scheduled for a vote in committee on Wednesday. Read more

Americans United Criticizes House Meddling In California Religious Display Dispute

AU's Lynn Says Mt. Soledad Cross Bill Is Fueled by Approaching Elections

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today deplored House intervention in a California dispute over a Christian religious display on public property.

By a vote of 349 to 74, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5683, which transfers to the federal government ownership of a plot of land in San Diego featuring a towering Christian cross. Read more

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