Americans United Urges Obama To Keep Promise To Fix 'Faith-Based' Initiative

On One-Year Anniversary Of Obama 'Faith-Based' Plan, President Should Ban Government-Funded Religious Bias And Proselytizing, Says AU

President Barack Obama should honor his pledge to reform the “faith-based” initiative by banning job discrimination in tax-funded programs and making it clear that public funds cannot support proselytizing, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Federal Court Strikes Down Sectarian Prayers At Forsyth County, N.C., Commission

Watchdog Group Hails Decision Curbing Government Intervention In Religion

A federal court has struck down a North Carolina county’s policy of opening board meetings with sectarian prayers.

U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty held that the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners’ preference for Christian prayers violates the constitutional separation of church and state. Read more

Ohio Judge Has No Right To Push Religion In Courtroom

Watchdog Group Says Judge’s Commandments Poster Is An Unconstitutional Endorsement Of Religion

An Ohio judge should remove a poster displaying the Ten Commandments from his courtroom, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court. Read more

AU Condemns TV Preacher's Callous Statement on Haitian Earthquake

Robertson Comment Shows 'Grotesque Insensitivity,' Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today condemned TV preacher and Religious Right leader Pat Robertson for blaming the devastating earthquake in Haiti on the Haitian people's alleged pact with Satan.

On his Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club" today, Robertson said the Haitians "swore a pact to the devil" in order to become free of French domination. Read more

AU Warns Louisiana Education Board Not To Adopt Review Policy That Favors Creationism

Watchdog Group Says Proposed Policy For Dealing With ‘Supplemental Materials’ In Science Class Is Flawed And Should Be Rejected

A new policy under consideration by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is slanted to favor creationism and should be revised, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Due to lobbying by the Religious Right, Louisiana legislators approved a law in 2008 that allows for “supplemental materials” to be used in public school science classes. The Board has developed a policy for reviewing these materials that is seriously flawed, says Americans United. Read more

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