Attorney General's Statement On 'Faith-Based' Job Bias Is Encouraging

President Obama Should Take Immediate Steps To End Religious Discrimination In Taxpayer-Supported Social Services, Says AU’s Lynn

Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee yesterday that the Obama administration does not support religiously based hiring discrimination in taxpayer-funded “faith-based” programs.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the statement is welcome and urged the Obama administration to back it up by revoking Bush-era executive orders that permit hiring bias by religiously affiliated social services that take public funds. Read more

Senate Committee Should Question Elena Kagan On Issues Relating To Church-State Separation, Says AU

Watchdog Group Calls On Judiciary Committee Members To Ascertain Nominee’s Views On Key Religious Liberty Issues

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on her views concerning a range of church-state issues.

President Barack Obama today announced the nomination of Kagan, currently U.S. solicitor general, to the high court. Since Kagan has not been a judge, she lacks a clear record on church-state separation issues. Read more

Lawsuit Filed Over Public School Graduations at Church

Public Schools Violate Students’ Rights By Holding Commencements In Sectarian Facility

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU of Connecticut and the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit in federal court charging that the Enfield (Conn.) Public Schools’ decision to hold their high school graduation ceremonies at a Christian church unconstitutionally imposes religion on students. Read more

Nebraska Group’s Evangelistic Rallies At Public Schools May Result In Lawsuit, Says AU

Todd Becker Foundation And Public School Districts May Both Be Held Responsible For Constitutional Violations, Says Church-State Watchdog

A Nebraska religious group that holds evangelistic rallies during the school day in public schools may be held legally liable for violating the Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a letter today, Americans United warned officials of the Todd Becker Foundation that they can be held responsible for infringing on the religious neutrality of public schools and the religious liberty rights of students. Read more

Supreme Court Decision in Mojave Cross Case Is Disappointing

Justices Allow Congress To Circumvent Federal Court Order Requiring Removal Of Religious Symbol From Public Land

Today’s Supreme Court decision in a California cross case is disappointing, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“I’m very disappointed,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “The court majority was clearly determined to find any bogus reason to keep this religious symbol in a public park.” Read more

Appeals Court Should Affirm Unconstitutionality Of National Day Of Prayer, Says AU

Justice Department Files Notice Of Appeal To 7th Circuit

The National Day of Prayer is patently unconstitutional and a federal appeals court should rule that way, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Obama administration today filed a notice of appeal taking the fight over the congressionally mandated religious event to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, “Congress clearly overstepped its bounds when this law was passed. Americans do not need politicians to tell them when – or whether – to pray. That’s not their job. Read more

Congressional Earmarks For Religious Groups Raise Church-State Concerns, Says AU

Watchdog Group Urges Obama Administration To Block Ten Grants Unless Constitutional Safeguards Can Be Enforced

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on the Obama administration to investigate ten earmarks for religious schools and ministries that raise constitutional issues about inappropriate public funding of religion.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and three other cabinet officers, Americans United urged the administration to examine the congressional earmarks and block the funding unless appropriate legal safeguards can be put in place. Read more

AU Praises Federal Court Decision Striking Down National Day Of Prayer

Congress Has No Business Telling Americans When Or How To Pray, Says AU’s Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised a federal district court for striking down the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that the federal law violates the constitutional separation of church and state. Read more

AU Praises Justice Stevens' Record On Church And State

Watchdog Group Says Justice’s Replacement Must Respect Church-State Separation And Religious Freedom

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens for his record of support for church-state separation and expressed the hope that his replacement will hold similar views.

Stevens, the oldest member of the court, announced this morning that he will retire at the end of this term. President Barack Obama is expected to soon reveal his choice to replace Stevens. Read more

IRS Should Investigate Florida Church For Opposing Mayoral Candidate

Dove World Outreach Center’s ‘No Homo Mayor’ Sign Constitutes Illegal Intervention In Gainesville Election, Says Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a church in Gainesville, Fla., that posted a sign opposing a mayoral candidate.

Dove World Outreach Center erected a sign on its property reading, “No Homo Mayor.” The reference is to Craig Lowe, a mayoral candidate who is gay.

Contacted about the matter by the Gainesville Sun, a top church official admitted that the church had erected the sign. Read more

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