Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network Warns Americans Of ‘Demonic’ Halloween Candy

AU’s Lynn Says Religious Broadcaster Should Send ‘Trick Or Treat’ Goodies Over To His House

Put aside your fears of swine flu. TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Web site has just issued a bulletin warning Americans of the real threat we face this season: Demons may be lurking in our Halloween candy.

In a column on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Web site, writer Kimberly Daniels asserts that “demons” sneak into bags of Halloween candy at grocery stores. Read more

AU Issues Update On Proposed Congressional Land Transfer To Michigan Religious School

Michigan Representative Says Coast Guard Property Will Be Sold At Fair Market Value, Not Given To Religious School

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed appreciation to a Michigan member of Congress for taking steps to ensure that Coast Guard property in Cheboygan will be sold at fair market value, rather than freely granted to a religious school. 

On Oct. 14, Americans United wrote to U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) with concerns about a proposal (H.R. 1291) that would give seven acres of public land to a religious school that has been renting the property.    Read more

AU Opposes Proposed Congressional Land Grant To Religious School In Michigan

Giving Seven Acres Of Land To Religious School Would Be Unconstitutional, Asserts Church-State Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D–Mich.) to withdraw legislation that would grant seven acres of Coast Guard land to Cornerstone Christian School in Cheboygan, Mich.

The school has rented the property from the Coast Guard since 1986. Stupak’s measure, H.R. 1291, would allow the government to convey the land to the school for free. Read more

AU Executive Director Barry Lynn Thanks Religious Right Group For Prayers

Watchdog Group Leader Says Liberty Counsel’s ‘Adopt a Liberal’ Program Beats Prayers For His Death

Americans United for Separation of Church and State Executive Director Barry W. Lynn today said he’s thankful for the prayers being said on his behalf by supporters of a Religious Right group.

Liberty Counsel, a far-right legal organization affiliated with the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, has unveiled a program called “Adopt a Liberal.” Supporters are exhorted to pray for one of 11 liberals on a list. (See more here.) Read more

New Book Offers 'Road Map' To Avoid Religion-And-Schools Conflicts

'Religion in the Public Schools' Is Being Distributed Free Online

A new book published by Americans United for Separation of Church and State gives educators and families detailed information about the law governing religion and the public schools.

Religion in the Public Schools: A Road Map for Avoiding Lawsuits and Respecting Parents’ Legal Rights is a 129-page guide that provides a clear and concise account of court rulings on a variety of religious issues related to the classroom. Read more

Religious Right Organization Misleads Clergy On Church-Based Politicking, Says AU

Watchdog Group Urges Pastors To Refrain From Using Tax-Exempt Church Resources To Endorse Or Oppose Candidates

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged religious leaders to steer clear of bad advice from a Religious Right legal group that seeks to politicize America’s pulpits.

The Alliance Defense Fund has announced that Sept. 27 will be “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” during which evangelical Christian pastors are asked to endorse or oppose candidates for public office in violation of federal tax law. Read more

AU, Allied Groups Urge Attorney General To Reverse Bush-Era ‘Faith-Based’ Rule

Coalition Of Religious And Public Policy Groups Says Legal Memo Threatens Core Civil Rights And Religious Freedom Protections

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today joined a coalition of 58 organizations urging Attorney General Eric Holder to revoke a Bush-era rule regarding "faith-based" funding that the groups say threatens civil rights and religious freedom.
 
In June of 2007, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued a legal memo asserting that a federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) gives religious organizations a blanket right to discriminate on religious grounds when hiring staff in taxpayer-funded programs.
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D.C. Voucher Program Has Failed To Yield Positive Results, AU Tells Senate Committee

Program Is Constitutionally Suspect And Provides Incentive To Attend Discriminatory Religious Schools, Watchdog Group Asserts

Washington, D.C.’s federally funded school voucher plan has not improved student performance for targeted students and serves mainly to subsidize religious education with tax funds, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told a Senate subcommittee today. Read more

Federal Appeals Court Made Correct Call On Religion At School Graduation, Says AU

Court Rules That Washington State School Officials Had Right To Omit ‘Ave Maria’ From Graduation Ceremony

A federal appeals court ruled today that officials at an Everett, Wash., school district were within their rights to omit religious music from a graduation ceremony.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case siding with the school district, hailed the ruling. Read more

AU Denounces Arizona Preacher’s Death Prayers Against Obama

AU’s Barry Lynn – Who Has Also Been The Target Of Death Prayers – Calls On Religious Right Leaders To Repudiate Violent Rhetoric

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today denounced the violent rhetoric of an Arizona preacher who is praying for the death of President Barack Obama and called on Religious Right leaders to repudiate such extremism. Read more

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