Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Supreme Court not to grant religious groups a sweeping right to ignore anti-discrimination laws.
AU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case pending before the justices called Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The case deals with a Michigan religious school that fired a teacher because of a medical condition.
A coalition of religious and community leaders has criticized Gov. Rick Perry’s sponsorship of a fundamentalist Christian prayer rally.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined the outcry against the Aug. 6 Perry event in Houston. Lynn reprimanded Perry for meddling in religion and failing to recognize America’s wide spiritual diversity.
A federal appellate court has struck down a North Carolina county’s policy of opening board meetings with sectarian prayers.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled 2-1 that the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners’ preference for Christian prayers violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
Americans United hailed the court’s ruling. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) to approve sound science materials and keep religious concepts out of public school biology classes.
The 15-member elected board convenes today and Friday for a public hearing and to debate and vote on instructional materials for science courses.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined 52 educational, religious and public policy groups in calling on Congress not to divert taxpayer dollars to religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia.
Americans United and other organizations in the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) wrote to each member of the House of Representatives to express their opposition to an appropriations bill provision that funds a school voucher program in Washington, D.C. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today warned the South Bend (Ind.) Common Council that its plan to use public funds to support a religious school is unconstitutional.
The council has approved the purchase of property valued at $1.2 million that it will donate to St. Joseph’s High School. The Catholic high school will use the new building for religious education and sectarian activities. Read more
A ministry based in El Paso, Texas, should be investigated for organizing a recall campaign against the city’s mayor and two council members, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the Internal Revenue Service today.
In a letter to the IRS, Americans United asserts that Tom Brown Ministries appears to have run afoul of federal tax law, which prohibits houses of worship, ministries and other 501(c)(3) non-profit groups from endorsing or opposing candidates. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked U.S. Army leaders to ensure that officials at Fort Bragg in North Carolina don’t sponsor events that give selective benefits to religious groups.
In a letter sent today to Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and commanders at Fort Bragg, Americans United and allied civil liberties groups take issue with “Rock the Fort,” an evangelical Christian rally that took place at the installation in 2010.