A Missouri public school district’s plan to sponsor a high school assembly by a creationist lecturer violates the U.S. Constitution and must be dropped, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
The U.S. Senate should scuttle a proposed constitutional amendment limiting freedom of expression and treating the American flag as a religious symbol, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights is scheduled to vote today on S.J. Res. 12, the so-called Flag Desecration Amendment. The measure would allow Congress to ban “the physical desecration” of the American flag. Read more
The U.S. Justice Department’s plans to fund single-faith prison ministry programs is constitutionally suspect and should be dropped, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
Religious Right leaders and politicians are using the National Day of Prayer (NDP) to politicize religion and divide Americans, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The annual event, which takes place by federal law on the first Thursday of each May, gives Religious Right groups and their allies in public office a platform to push their political agenda, Americans United charges. Read more
Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court today rejected a challenge from parents who demanded voucher subsidies to pay for private religious education, a decision welcomed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The 6-1 ruling marks the latest legal setback for voucher advocates. Florida’s Supreme Court struck down that state’s voucher plan in January. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today applauded the departure of White House “Faith Czar” James Towey and urged President George W. Bush to close the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Read more
Religious leaders in Pennsylvania should be wary of a new political organizing effort that appears to be little more than a thinly veiled push to help re-elect U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized TV preacher Pat Robertson for a virulent attack on Islam.
On the live version of his “700 Club” program today, Robertson charged that Islam is not a religion of peace, that Muslims are demonic and satanic and that they are trying to take over the world. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today blasted the Bush administration for its relentless effort to steer federal funds to religious organizations, charging that the “faith-based” initiative undermines civil rights and civil liberties.
President George W. Bush renewed his push for the initiative today in a speech in Washington, D.C. A new administration report claims that $2.15 billion in tax aid was directed to faith-based groups for social services during the last fiscal year. Read more
Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito has sent a cloying thank-you note to Focus on the Family head James C. Dobson, a move Americans United for Separation of Church and State says is further evidence the new justice is firmly in the pocket of the Religious Right.
“Justice Alito should follow the commands of the Constitution, not the orders of Dobson and the Religious Right,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “This note strongly suggests that Alito is carrying out a right-wing agenda instead of being a justice for all. Read more