Irs Should Investigate Tennessee Church For Pulpit Politicking, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group's Complaint Says Cornerstone Church Pastor Endorsed School Board Candidates From Pulpit

The Internal Revenue Service should investigate a Tennessee church whose pastor endorsed three school board candidates from the pulpit, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a complaint filed with the IRS today, Americans United asserts that Pastor Maury Davis of Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tenn., violated federal tax law with comments during an Aug. 3 sermon. Read more

Cross Is Central Symbol Of Christianity And Must Not Be Secularized By Government, Americans United Tells Court

AU, Allies Say Officials' Use Of 'Secular' Crosses To Memorialize Utah Highway Patrol Officers Is Offensive And Violates Church-State Separation

The cross is a Christian symbol and government should not try to use it as a secular memorial marker, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, Americans United and allied religious leaders and organizations take issue with a federal court decision allowing Utah officials to place crosses along highways to memorialize state highway patrol officers who have died in the line of duty. Read more

Americans United Deplores Florida Court's Decision Allowing Deceptive Amendments On November Ballot

Disappointing Court Decision Will Be Appealed, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State will appeal Leon Circuit Judge John Cooper’s decision to allow two amendments on Florida’s November ballot that could erase religious freedom safeguards and harm public schools in the state. 

Americans United filed a lawsuit, Ford v. Browning, along with other civil liberties and education groups in June, urging the court to remove the amendments because the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission exceeded its authority in approving both ballot amendments and because one of the amendments is worded in a misleading manner. Read more

Army Base Cannot Coerce Soldier Trainees To Attend Church Services, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Asks U.S. Department of Defense to Investigate Missouri Army Base That Promotes Baptist Church Proselytism

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the U.S. Department of Defense to investigate an Army base’s practice of coercing soldiers to attend church services during their training. Read more

Americans United, Aclu Ask Court To End Public Funding Of Discriminatory Kentucky Baptist Homes For Children

Appeal Of Lawsuit Asserts That Publicly Funded Baptist Facility Proselytizes Children In Its Care

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union today urged a federal appeals court to deny tax funding to a Baptist childcare agency that proselytizes youngsters in its care and fires gay employees. Read more

Obama Support For Expansion Of 'faith-based' Program Is Disappointing, Says Americans United

But Watchdog Group Says Candidate's Opposition To Religious Discrimination In Hiring And Publicly Funded Proselytism Are Steps In Right Direction

Rather than try to correct the defects of the Bush “faith-based” initiative, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama would do better to shut it down, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Obama today announced a proposal to expand faith-based funding during a speech in Zanesville, Ohio.

“I am disappointed,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “This initiative has been a failure on all counts, and it ought to be shut down, not expanded.” Read more

Americans United Will Monitor Implementation Of New Louisiana Anti-evolution Law

National Watchdog Group Says Litigation Will Follow If Measure Is Used To Promote Religion In Public Schools

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today warned Louisiana officials that lawsuits will result if the state’s new anti-evolution law is used to introduce religion into public school classrooms.

Gov. Bobby Jindal this week signed the legislation (SB 733), which allows teachers to use “supplemental materials” when discussing evolution. The measure was pushed by the Louisiana Family Forum and the Discovery Institute, two Religious Right groups that advocate creationist concepts, and is widely seen as an effort to water down instruction about evolution. Read more

Bush, White House Push 'faith-based' Agenda Despite Mounting Record Of Misuse

Administration Officials Steered Justice Department 'Faith-Based' Grant To Former White House Faith-Based Staffer

President George W. Bush’s “faith-based” initiative has been riddled with abuses and should be scrapped, not celebrated, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Today, the White House is sponsoring a national conference on “faith-based” social services, featuring a speech by Bush. Read more

Dobson Attack On Religious Diversity, Secular Government Is Deplorable, Says Americans United

Religious Right Leader's Views Are Extreme And Divisive, Says AU's Lynn

Religious broadcaster James Dobson’s attack on religious diversity and secular government is deplorable, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Dobson, a leading Religious Right powerbroker, used his Focus on the Family national radio program today to dismiss American religious pluralism and to criticize the idea that laws must be secular, a concept that Dobson labeled a “fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution.” Read more

Americans United Files Brief In Supreme Court Religious Display Case

Government May Not Play Favorites Among Religions, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision dealing with a controversy over the display of religious monuments in a Utah public park. Read more

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