Lawsuit Challenging Government Funding Of ‘Faith-Based’ Youth Home To Go Forward

Appeals Court Affirms Standing Of Lesbian Fired From Publicly Funded Baptist Children’s Home

A federal appeals court ruled today that a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State challenging government funding of a religious group’s youth home in Kentucky can go forward. Read more

Kennedy Was Champion Of Church-State Separation

Church-State Watchdog Group Mourns Passing Of Massachusetts Senator

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, today issued the following statement on the death of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.): Read more

AU Praises Appeals Court Decision Upholding Separation Of Church And Post Office

Decision Says Connecticut Church Cannot Display Proselytizing Materials In Contract Postal Unit

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today commended a federal appeals court decision requiring a church to separate its religious outreach from the activities at a church-run postal unit.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church must separate its preaching and proselytizing from the work it does on a contract basis for the U.S. Postal Service. Read more

Illinois May Not Fund Religion, AU Warns State Officials

Church-State Watchdog Group Questions $40 Million In Grants To Religious Groups

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today challenged Illinois state government’s plan to distribute millions of dollars in state funds to religious organizations.

In a letter to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Americans United insisted that the Constitution clearly forbids the use of public funds to subsidize religion. Read more

Federal Court To Hear Arguments In Case Challenging City-Sponsored Prayer In Greece, N.Y.

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges New York Town To Respect Constitution And Religious Diversity

A federal court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging the use of sectarian invocations before meetings of the Greece, N.Y., Town Board.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed suit on behalf of two town residents last year. The residents say the near-unanimous use of sectarian prayers sends a message of exclusion to non-Christians. Read more

AU Urges Supreme Court To Reject Scheme Designed To Keep Cross On Public Land

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Government-Sponsored Religious Symbols Are Bad For Adherents And Nonadherents Alike

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged the Supreme Court to overturn a congressional scheme to maintain a cross on public land in California, insisting that government should refrain from displaying sectarian symbols. Read more

Congress Should Reject Scheme To Extend D.C. School Voucher Plan

Watchdog Group Criticizes Program For Subsidizing Religion And Failing To Boost Student Achievement

Congress should reject proposed legislation that would breathe new life into Washington, D.C.’s controversial private school voucher plan, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

U.S. Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) introduced legislation today to reauthorize the federally funded D.C. program. The plan was originally funded for five years and has expired. Read more

AU Urges Senate Armed Services Committee to Question McHugh On Religious Liberty Issues

Nominee To Be Secretary Of The Army Has Poor Record On Church-State Issues, Says Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Senate Armed Services Committee to question U.S. Rep. John M. McHugh about his views on religious liberty and the rights of religious minorities.

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AU Commends Appellate Court Decision Against Bible Distribution In Mo. Public School

School-Sponsored Evangelism Is Wrong, Says AU’s Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised a federal appeals court decision barring Bible distribution in a Missouri public school district.
 
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the South Iron R-1 School District may not allow distribution of Bibles to children in elementary school.
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