IRS Should Review Liberty University’s Tax-Exempt Status For Partisan Politicking, Says AU

Watchdog Group Tells Tax Agency Falwell-Founded School Is Showing Preference For Republicans By Curbing Student Democratic Club

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to review the tax-exempt status of Liberty University in the wake of the school’s decision to yank official recognition of a student-run Democratic club.

Last week, Liberty officials informed the president of the Democratic club that it is no longer eligible for university recognition, including funding through student activity fees. The goals of the Democratic Party, school officials insisted, are contrary to Liberty’s evangelical Christian outlook. Read more

Supreme Court Nominee Should Be Closely Questioned On Church-State Views, Says AU

Watchdog Group Calls On Senate Judiciary Committee To Ascertain Sonia Sotomayor’s Views On Religious Liberty Issues

The Senate Judiciary Committee should thoroughly question Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to determine her views on church-state separation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

President Barack Obama today announced the nomination of Sotomayor, currently a judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, to the high court. It appears that Sotomayor has not written widely on church-state issues, meaning the committee has an obligation to ascertain her views. Read more

AU Criticizes California Supreme Court Ruling Allowing Ban On Same-Sex Marriage To Stand

National Watchdog Organization Says Right To Marry Must Not Be Nullified By Religious Groups

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment with the California Supreme Court ruling upholding Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state.

“Marriage is a civil right and should not be subject to majority rule or a religious litmus test,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.

“It is a decision at odds with both the Constitution and basic decency,” Lynn continued. “History will judge that this was a step backward for religious freedom and civil rights.” Read more

AU Joins Public Education Allies In Seeking End To D.C. School Voucher Plan

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Program Has Failed And Should Be Abandoned

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined allies in the public education community to demand that Washington, D.C.’s federally funded private school voucher “experiment” not be extended.

Americans United says the program, which pays for tuition at religious and other private schools, was originally conceived as a five-year pilot program. The plan, pushed through by the Bush administration, has failed to boost student achievement, and AU insists it should be discontinued. Read more

AU Urges Oklahoma Governor To Veto Ten Commandments Bill

Erecting A Religious Monument At The State Capitol Would Violate The Constitution, AU’s Lynn Warns

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today advised Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry to veto a legislative measure that would authorize a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol. Read more

Partisan Politicking By Anti-Gay D.C. Clergy Could Result In Loss Of Tax Exemption

Church-State Watchdog Group Reminds Religious Leaders That Federal Tax Law Prohibits Election Intervention By Churches

A small band of clergy in Washington, D.C., yesterday threatened to mobilize politically and remove several members of the city council from office, prompting Americans United for Separation of Church and State to issue a reminder that church-based partisan politicking is illegal.
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AU Commends Obama For Discontinuing Religious Right-Focused Prayer Event At White House

President Will Sign Proclamation, But Won’t Hold White House Event

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today commended President Barack Obama for discontinuing an annual Religious Right-focused prayer service held during the previous eight years at the White House.

Obama has indicated that he will sign a proclamation recognizing the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, but that no special White House prayer service will be held. Read more

Proposed ‘Christian’ License Plates In Florida May Spark Lawsuit

Americans United Warns Legislature Not To Mandate Car Tags Featuring Cross And Crucified Head Of Jesus

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged the Florida Senate to reject a bill creating two “Christian” license plates for state motorists and warned that a lawsuit may result if the measure becomes law.

SB 642 mandates issuance of a plate depicting the crucified head of Jesus complete with a crown of thorns. It also mandates a second plate featuring a large cross, a stained-glass church window and the words “I Believe.” Read more

AU Files Suit To Block Public School Graduation Ceremonies In Wisc. Church

Watchdog Group Files Case On Behalf Of Local Families Who Object To Sectarian Venue For Public Event

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a lawsuit in federal court to block a Wisconsin public school district from holding graduation ceremonies in the sanctuary of an evangelical church.

The suit, filed on behalf of a graduating senior and several families in the district, challenges the Elmbrook School District’s decision to hold graduation ceremonies for Brookfield Central High School and Brookfield East High School at Elmbrook Church. Read more

AU Files Suit To Block Public School Graduation Ceremonies In Wisc. Church

Watchdog Group Files Case On Behalf Of Local Families Who Object To Sectarian Venue For Public Event

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a lawsuit in federal court to block a Wisconsin public school district from holding graduation ceremonies in the sanctuary of an evangelical church.

The suit, filed on behalf of a graduating senior and several families in the district, challenges the Elmbrook School District’s decision to hold graduation ceremonies for Brookfield Central High School and Brookfield East High School at Elmbrook Church. Read more

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