Calif. Community College Should Not Impose Religion at Public Events

Watchdog Group Asks Court To Protect Religious Liberty Rights Of All Students And Faculty In Orange County Community College District

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to stop a Southern California community college from proselytizing and imposing prayers at public events.

The legal action comes in a lawsuit filed last year by Americans United on behalf of several students and faculty. At issue is the South Orange County Community College District’s practice of including prayer and other religious content in its events. Read more

AU Lauds Court Decision Upholding Native American Student's Religious Liberty Rights

Watchdog Group Had Filed Court Brief In Texas Case To Support Religious Freedom

A federal appeals court was right to rule that a Native American student in Texas may wear his hair long for religious reasons, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday in favor of Adriel Arocha, an elementary school student. Arocha and his family had challenged a grooming policy at the Needville Independent School District that bans long hair for male students. Read more

Sectarian Prayer At Delaware School Board Meetings Violates Church-State Separation

Indian River School District’s Christian Invocations Violate Constitution, Civil Liberties And Religious Organizations Say

A Delaware school board’s practice of opening its meetings with Christian prayers violates the constitutional separation of church and state, seven religious and civil liberties groups have told a federal appeals court.

A friend-of-the-court brief filed with the 3rd U.S. Circuit of Appeals yesterday says a federal district judge got it wrong when he ruled in favor of sectarian invocations before meetings of the Indian River School District’s board. Read more

AU Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Against Discriminatory Religious Club At Law School

Church-State Watchdog Group Says High Court Was Right To Rule Against Christian Legal Society Affiliate

Americans United for Separation of Church and State praised today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding a policy at Hastings College of the Law that prohibits school-subsidized student clubs from engaging in religious discrimination.

“This decision is a huge step forward for fundamental fairness and equal treatment,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. Read more

Senate Panel Should Question Kagan On Church-State Views

Watchdog Group Expresses Concern About Kagan’s Record On Religious Liberty And Civil Rights, As Well As Funding Of Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan about her views on crucial religious liberty issues. Read more

IRS Should Investigate South Dakota Church That Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate, Says AU

Watchdog Group Says Baptist Pastor’s Pulpit Endorsement Violates Federal Tax Law

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service about a Rapid City, S.D., church whose pastor endorsed a gubernatorial candidate during a church service.

The Rev. H. Wayne Williams, pastor of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle, endorsed state Sen. Gordon Howie, who was seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Williams’ May 16 endorsement from the pulpit was reported in a press release by the Howie campaign and in the Rapid City Journal. Read more

Connecticut Schools' Plan To Hold Graduations In Church Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Ceremonies Must Be Held In Nonreligious Venue Following Challenge By Americans United and ACLU

ENFIELD, CT — A federal judge has declared that the Enfield Public Schools' plan to hold high school graduation ceremonies at a Christian church is unconstitutional, and has ordered the school board to find an alternative venue. The graduation plans were challenged in court by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU of Connecticut and the American Civil Liberties Union. Read more

Stay Away From ‘Christians-Only’ Prison Scheme, AU Tells Officials In Three States

Church-State Watchdog Group Warns Corrections Departments About Constitutional Dangers Of Proposed Sectarian Facility

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today warned corrections officials in three states not to use public funds to send inmates to a proposed “Christians-only” prison in Oklahoma.

Corrections Concepts, Inc., has proposed building a private prison in Wakita, Okla., that will indoctrinate prisoners in fundamentalist Christianity and will be staffed solely with “born-again” Christians. Read more

Supreme Court Should Strike Down Arizona Subsidy For Religious Schools, Says AU

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Tax-Credit Scheme Violates Constitution

The Supreme Court should strike down an Arizona tax-credit scheme that funds private religious education, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The high court announced today that it will rule on an Arizona program that gives taxpayers a 100 percent credit for donations to school voucher organizations that pay for tuition at religious and other private schools. Most of the money has ended up subsidizing religious education. Read more

AU Asks IRS to Investigate L.A. Church That ‘Tweeted’ Candidate to Victory

Church’s Use Of Web Site And Twitter To Endorse Candidate Violates Federal Tax Law, Watchdog Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Los Angeles church that used its Web site and the social networking site Twitter to urge congregants to support a candidate for public office.

Oasis Church posted a statement on its Web site noting that a church official, Alex Jones-Moreno, was seeking reelection to the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood City Council. It asked church members to vote for Jones-Moreno. Read more

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