National Day Of Prayer Showcases Intolerant Religious Right Agenda, Says Americans United

Government Officials Should Not Promote Dobson Prayer Task Force Events, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

Intolerant Religious Right groups are dominating observance of the National Day of Prayer and government officials should refuse to lend them support, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer scheduled for May 1 this year has been largely hijacked by the Religious Right and is being used as an opportunity to promote a far-right religious-political agenda. Read more

Tax Aid To Religion Harms Faith And Draws Government Into Religious Affairs, Interfaith Coalition Tells Appeals Court

Religious, Civil Liberties Organizations Urge Court To Strike Down City Grants To Detroit Houses Of Worship

Using public funds to repair Detroit houses of worship violates the U.S. Constitution and threatens the independence of religious groups, a coalition of religious and civil liberties groups has told a federal appeals court.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, seven organizations urged the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule against aid to churches that was distributed by the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority in 2006. Read more

N.j. High School Football Coach Has No Right To Encourage Student Prayers, Federal Appeals Court Says

Three-Judge Panel Rules Unanimously That Coach's Actions Had The Effect Of Endorsing Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State praised today’s federal appeals court ruling that a New Jersey high school football coach does not have a constitutional right to engage in religious activities with students. Read more

Is The 'religious Right' Dead?

New Book Says 'Rumors Of Its Death Are Greatly Exaggerated'

Despite rumors to the contrary, the Religious Right’s influence over the government and the 2008 campaign remains alarmingly strong, say two nationally known ministers and interfaith leaders campaigning for protection of individual religious liberties in America. Read more

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Controversy Over Religious Symbols On Public Property

Utah Religious Group Seeks To Place Its 'Seven Aphorisms' Beside The Ten Commandments

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a Utah dispute that centers on the display of religious symbols on public property.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the case brings the high court back into a confusing and controversial area of constitutional law. Read more

Washington State Has The Right To Require Pharmacists To Fill Doctors' Prescriptions, Says Americans United

Regulations Ensuring Patient Access To Medication Are Neutral And Do Not Single Out Religious Belief, Argues Watchdog Group In Court Brief

A Washington State Board of Pharmacy regulation that requires pharmacies to dispense all medications in a timely manner does not trample on religious freedom rights and should be upheld, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court. Read more

Lawsuit Over Prayer At Graduation Ceremonies In Texas Is Settled, Says Americans United

Agreement Ensures Prayer At School Graduation Ceremonies Won't Be Up To 'Majority Rules' Elections, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and a Texas public school district have settled a lawsuit involving a policy that allowed students to vote on prayer at graduation ceremonies.

The settlement follows a ruling by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks that found the Constitution prohibits public schools from holding student votes on whether to have prayers during commencement. Read more

Americans United Asks Irs To Investigate Houston Church That Endorsed Congressional Candidate

Grace Community Church Pastor Issued Endorsement For Shelley Sekula Gibbs

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Houston church whose pastor issued a letter of endorsement for a congressional candidate.

In a letter to IRS officials, Americans United says that Steve Riggle, pastor of Grace Community Church, may have violated federal tax law by endorsing U.S. House of Representatives candidate Shelley Sekula Gibbs. Read more

Americans United Files Lawsuit Challenging Sectarian Prayers At New York Town's Board Meetings

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Board's Preference For Christianity Flouts First Amendment Of The Constitution

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a lawsuit in federal district court against a town council in New York that opens its public sessions with Christian prayer. Read more

Irs Investigation Of United Church Of Christ Will Be Closely Watched, Says Americans United

Tax Agency's Action Reminds Religious Leaders That Candidate Appearances Can Be Problematic, Says AU's Lynn

An Internal Revenue Service investigation of the United Church of Christ will be closely watched by religious and political leaders around the country, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State

UCC officials announced yesterday that the IRS is investigating the denomination for hosting presidential candidate Barack Obama at its 2007 national convention. Read more

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