Iowa Supreme Court Ruling On Marriage Upholds Religious Liberty

Decision Reiterates That Religion Does Not Drive Public Policy, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Today’s Iowa Supreme Court decision striking down a state law banning same-sex marriage is a welcome reaffirmation of religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In its unanimous ruling, the Iowa high court makes it clear that religious denominations have a constitutional right to set their own rules about marriage but that civil law should reflect equal protection for all citizens and not be anchored in religious dogma. Read more

Tax Funding For Baptist University Violates Kentucky Constitution

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges State Supreme Court To Block Legislature's $10 Million Grant To University Of The Cumberlands

Americans United has filed a friend-of-the-court brief along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky challenging tax funding of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.

“The Kentucky Constitution is clear on this matter,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Tax money may not be used to subsidize religious schools. We expect the court to uphold that important principle.” Read more

AU Issues Statement On Tony Dungy Appointment To Obama Faith Council

Church-State Watchdog Group Expresses Disappointment At Selection

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment at the Obama administration’s decision to ask former football coach Tony Dungy to serve on the president’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

“God & Country,” the religion blog of U.S. News & World Report, said today that Dungy has been asked to serve on the council, but he has not yet decided whether to do so. Read more

AU Praises Arizona Supreme Court Ruling Against School Vouchers

Church-State Watchdog Group Applauds State High Court For Blocking Tax Aid To Religious And Other Private Schools

Today’s Arizona Supreme Court decision striking down two school voucher programs is a welcome action that protects religious liberty and public education, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Arizona high court, ruling unanimously, said the voucher subsidies violate a provision of the Arizona Constitution barring tax funding of religious and other private schools. Read more

AU Urges Texas School Board To Reject Religious Indoctrination In Science Classes

New Science Standards May Spark Litigation If Creationism Is Taught In Schools, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

The Texas Board of Education should remove language from proposed science standards that opens the door to teaching religious concepts in public schools, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“Texas can either have world-class science standards or allow fundamentalists to sneak religion into classrooms through the back door,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “It can’t do both.” Read more

AU Hails Senate Vote Rejecting Indefinite Funding For Washington, D.C., 'Experimental' Voucher Plan

Program Is Unsuccessful And A Distraction From Education Reform, Watchdog Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised the U.S. Senate for refusing to provide funding indefinitely for a controversial private school voucher plan in Washington, D.C.

Americans United asserts that the program, initially funded as a five-year experiment, serves mainly to funnel tax money to religious schools and has not raised student achievement. Read more

Federal Appeals Court To Hear Argument In Kentucky Case Contesting 'Faith-Based' Bias

Civil Liberties Groups Say Taxpayers Should Be Allowed To Challenge Public Funding Of Baptist Childcare Agency That Indoctrinates Children And Discriminates Against Gay Workers Based on Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday, March 11, will urge a federal appeals court to uphold the right of taxpayers to challenge public funding of a Baptist childcare agency that proselytizes youngsters in its care and discriminates against gay employees who do not share its belief that homosexuality is sinful. Read more

U.S. Senate Should Reject Ensign School Voucher Proposal, Says AU

Watchdog Group Says Washington, D.C., Program Forces Taxpayers To Fund Religious Schools And Diverts Attention From Public School Improvement

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has called on the Senate to reject Sen. John Ensign’s proposal to extend Washington, D.C.’s private school voucher plan.

The program, Americans United asserts, funds religious schools, diverts attention from public school improvement and has not raised student achievement. Read more

AU Lauds Supreme Court's Refusal To Hear N.J. Football Prayer Case

Supreme Court Action Protects Religious Neutrality Of Public Schools, Says AU's Lynn

The U.S. Supreme Court made the right call today in refusing to hear a case from New Jersey dealing with a high school football coach who wants to pray with students, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. 

Without comment, the justices announced that they will not hear an appeal of Borden v. School District of the Township of East Brunswick, a challenge brought by high school football coach Marcus Borden. The high court’s decision leaves in place a lower court order barring Borden from involvement in his students’ religious activities. Read more

AU Issues Statement On Resignation Of James Dobson As Focus On The Family Chairman

Watchdog Group Vows To Continue Opposing Narrow Vision Of The Religious Right

Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, announced today that he is stepping down as chairman of that organization.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement: Read more

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