Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked officials at a Texas school district to stop sponsoring prayers during high school graduation ceremonies.
Two high schools within the Klein Independent School District — Klein High School and Klein Collins High School — included invocations and benedictions at their June 4 graduation ceremonies. In both cases, these prayers were scheduled parts of the ceremony. Read more
A coalition of religious, civil liberties and public policy groups today asked President Barack Obama to restore long-standing federal anti-discrimination protections undercut by the Bush “faith-based” initiative. Read more
Three civil liberties organizations filed suit today in Denver District Court to challenge a school voucher plan adopted by the Douglas County School District.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and the American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of a group of parents, clergy and other taxpayers who oppose the program’s effort to divert taxpayer money to primarily religious, private schools. Read more
The Baton Rouge Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged the state Senate to reject a bill calling for the display of the Ten Commandments at the state capitol.
A government-sponsored religious display such as this, says the AU affiliate, would divide Louisiana residents and possibly lead to litigation. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today sent a letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, urging him to drop his sponsorship and promotion of a fundamentalist Christian prayer rally.
Perry initiated the Aug. 6 event, called The Response, and has invited the nation’s 49 other governors to endorse it and attend. The day-long Christian rally is scheduled to take place at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Attendees are asked to fast and bring Bibles.
The Religious Right has too much influence in American public life as the speaker line-up at a Ralph Reed event this week demonstrates, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
An array of presidential hopefuls and major congressional leaders is scheduled to appear at Reed’s “Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing” June 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C.
A federal court today ordered a Texas public school district not to include prayers in its June 4 commencement ceremony, in response to a lawsuit brought by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Representing a local family, Americans United on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Medina Valley Independent School District in Castroville over the district’s plans to include official prayer during the ceremony.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Medina Valley Independent School District in Castroville, Texas, over the district’s plans to include official prayer during its June 4 graduation ceremony.
The lawsuit was filed after officials with the district refused to remove a student-led invocation and benediction from the upcoming ceremony. Americans United argues that the district is in clear violation of Supreme Court rulings and is seeking emergency relief. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today blasted officials in Kentucky for their decision to award more than $40 million in tax incentives to a theme park centered around Noah’s Ark.
A fundamentalist Christian group sought the aid to erect a so-called “Ark Park” in Williamstown. Gov. Steve Beshear backed the scheme, saying it would bring jobs to the state.