AU Lawsuit Challenges Sectarian Prayers At Delaware County Council Meetings

President-Led Recitation Of The Lord’s Prayer Shows Unconstitutional Preference For One Faith, Watchdog Group Charges

A Delaware county council’s insistence on opening meetings with Christian prayer violates the U.S. Constitution and sends the message that non-Christians are second-class citizens, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

AU Asks Texas Public School District To Stop Imposing Religion On Students At Graduation

Church-State Watchdog Group Says School-Sponsored Prayer Violates The Constitution And Court Precedent

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

AU, Allied Groups Urge Obama To Restore Religious Liberty Protections In Federal Contracts

On Anniversary Of FDR Anti-Bias Order, Advocates of Civil Rights And Civil Liberties Are Asking Obama To Reverse Bush Rules Allowing Religious Discrimination

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

AU, ACLU File Lawsuit To Block Voucher Plan That Would Fund Religious Schools In Colorado

Civil Liberties Organizations Say Scheme Violates Colorado Constitution

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

AU Urges Louisiana Legislators To Reject Ten Commandments Display At State Capitol

Display Of Religious Symbol Would Be Divisive And Could Lead To A Lawsuit, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

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

AU Urges Texas Governor To Drop Promotion Of Fundamentalist Revival Event

Watchdog Group Says Gov. Rick Perry Has No Business Behaving Like A Pastor

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.
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Presidential Hopefuls At Ralph Reed Event Signal Troubling Power Of Religious Right

Candidates Ought To Reaffirm Church-State Separation, Not Kowtow To Religious Right, Says AU’s Lynn

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.
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AU Wins Case Challenging Graduation Prayer In Castroville, Texas

Federal Judge Orders District To Drop School-Sponsored Prayers From Public Event

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.
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AU Files Lawsuit Against Texas School Over Graduation Prayers

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Castroville Public School Is Violating Court Rulings By Including Prayers In Upcoming 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

AU Criticizes Kentucky Officials For Offering Tax Aid To Fundamentalist Theme Park

Church-State Watchdog Group Says So-Called ‘Ark Park’ Promotes Fundamentalist Religion And Bad Science

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.
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