Proposed Federal Regulation Could Jeopardize Patients' Health Care, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Submits Public Comments Criticizing Proposed Health and Human Services Regulation

Proposed federal regulations intended to protect the religious liberty of doctors and other medical workers could jeopardize the health care rights of patients, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United today submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) criticizing the proposed “Provider Conscience Regulation.” AU said the regulation is unconstitutional, is a violation of statutory law and is bad policy. Read more

Churches That Violate Law On Pulpit Politicking Will Be Reported To The IRS, Vows Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Condemns Religious Right Plan To Politicize Pulpits This Sunday

Houses of worship that flagrantly violate federal tax law by taking part in a Religious Right-led effort to politicize America’s pulpits this Sunday will be promptly reported to the Internal Revenue Service, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a Religious Right legal group based in Arizona, is urging pastors to endorse or oppose candidates from the pulpit on Sept. 28, even though IRS regulations forbid tax-exempt groups from intervening in political campaigns. Reportedly, about 30 churches will participate. Read more

Lawsuit Filed To Block District Of Columbia Tax Funding Of Gospel Mission

Homeless Persons, Religious Leaders, Taxpayers Say City Should Not Fund Ministry That Compels Homeless Men to Attend Religious Services As A Condition of Receiving Shelter

The ACLU of the National Capital Area, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the District of Columbia’s plan to grant more than $12 million in public property and cash to the Central Union Mission, a religious homeless shelter. Read more

'Values Voter Summit' Tries To Push Churches Into Illegal Partisan Politicking, Says AU

Church-State Watchdog Group Blasts Backers Of Religious Right Event For Ethical Violations

Religious Right leaders are so determined to forge conservative churches into a partisan political machine that they are even willing to break federal law to do it, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The so-called “Values Voter Summit” takes place this weekend in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Family Research Council Action (FRCA) and the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the two-day event is designed to mobilize evangelical churches and church-goers in advance of the November elections. Read more

Americans United Commends Ohio Clergy For Opposing Pulpit Partisanship

Church-State Watchdog Group Announces New Web Site To Refute Religious Right Propaganda About Federal Tax Law

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today commended a group of Ohio clergy for opposing pulpit-based electioneering and unveiled a new Web site designed to counter Religious Right propaganda about federal tax law.

The Rev. Eric Williams of North Congregational United Church of Christ in Columbus is urging clergy all over America to give sermons on Sept. 21 in support of church-state separation and against partisan politics in houses of worship. Read more

Americans United Hails Florida Supreme Court Ruling Removing Deceptive Amendments From Florida Ballot

Decision Preserves Florida Constitution's Religious Liberty Protections, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed today’s ruling by the Florida Supreme Court removing two ballot amendments that would have erased religious freedom safeguards and harmed public schools in the state.

The lawsuit, Ford v. Browning, filed by Americans United and other civil liberties and education groups in June, asserted the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission exceeded its authority by approving both ballot amendments and that one of the amendments is worded in a misleading manner. Read more

Missouri Public School Must Stop Distribution Of Bibles To Fifth-graders, Au Tells Court

Gideon Bible Handouts Put Pressure On Students To Conform, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

A Missouri public school must end its policy of allowing an evangelical Christian group to distribute Bibles to fifth-graders on school property during school hours, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appellate court.

In a friend-of-the court brief filed with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United insists that school-sanctioned distribution of religious materials to students violates the constitutional separation of church and state. Read more

Fundamentalist Group Drops Public Funding Windfall After Americans United Protest

Kentucky Arm Of 'Teen Challenge' Gives Up $50,000 Federal Grant

A fundamentalist Christian group that claims to help young people overcome drug and alcohol addiction through Bible study and prayer has given up a federal grant after Americans United for Separation of Church and State protested the funding. Read more

Voters Have Heard Enough About The Presidential Candidates And Religion, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Criticizes Saturday Forum On Faith At Saddleback Church

Voters have heard quite enough about the religious views of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama and don’t need another forum on the presidential candidates and faith, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The church-state watchdog group criticized both candidates’ decision to take part in the Rev. Rick Warren’s “Saddleback Civil Forum” this Saturday at his mega-church in Lake Forest, Calif. McCain and Obama will each submit to hour-long questioning by the church pastor. Read more

District Of Columbia Gift Of Land And Money To Central Union Mission Is Unconstitutional, Americans United Says

Government May Not Subsidize Religious Ministry, Watchdog Group Insists

The District of Columbia City Council’s plan to give $13 million in property and cash to Central Union Mission is unconstitutional and must be dropped, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

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