AU Asks Why ‘Broke’ Nation Still Has Enough Money To Subsidize D.C. Religious Schools

Church-State Watchdog Group Deplores Congressional Committee Vote To Revive Federal Taxpayer Subsidy Of Ineffective Voucher Plan

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) keeps saying the country is “broke” – so Americans United for Separation of Church and State would like to know why he is determined to funnel $20 million in tax dollars to religious schools in Washington, D.C.

Boehner is attempting to railroad the reauthorization of a controversial school voucher “experiment” in D.C. through the House.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today approved H.R. 471 on a 21-14 vote. The Boehner-sponsored measure could go to a House floor vote as early as next week. Read more

AU Urges House Panel To Reject Federal Funding Of Religious Schools

Voucher Subsidies For D.C. Private Schools Undermine Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Says Watchdog Group

A private school voucher plan aimed at the District of Columbia funnels tax money to religious schools, violates civil rights and does nothing to improve students’ academic achievement, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a House of Representatives panel. Read more

Senate Should Reject Calls To Revive Failed D.C. School Voucher Program

Church-State Watchdog Group Tells Senate Committee That Federal Funds Should Not Go To Religious Schools

The U.S. Senate should reject a push to revive a controversial school voucher scheme in the District of Columbia, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) today held a hearing on S. 206, a bill that would allocate $20 million to revive and expand the D.C. voucher “experiment” that is now winding down. The program has used federal funds to pay for tuition for some students at religious and other private schools. Read more

Counseling Student's Religious Demands Are Out Of Line, Says AU

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Michigan School May Enforce Non-Discrimination Policy

A public university does not have to accommodate a student in a counseling program who refuses to help clients who are in romantic relationships that contradict her religious beliefs, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court. Read more

AU Applauds Decision Striking Down Ohio Judge’s Ten Commandments Display

Courts Should Provide Equal Justice For All, Not Promote Religious Law, Says AU’s Lynn

A federal appeals court made the right call in requiring a state judge in Ohio to remove a Ten Commandments display from his courtroom, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

AU Opposes House Speaker’s Plan To Give Federal Funding To D.C. Religious Schools

Voucher Program Would Undermine Civil Rights And Civil Liberties And Add To The Budget Deficit, Says AU’s Lynn

House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to subsidize religious schools in the District of Columbia would undercut civil rights and civil liberties and add to the federal budget deficit, while failing to improve education, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Boehner has announced that today he will unveil a bill that would resurrect and expand the controversial experimental D.C. voucher program, which pays for tuition at private schools for some students in Washington, D.C.  

Americans United says the Boehner move is seriously misguided. Read more

AU Files Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee County’s Unconstitutional Preference For Christianity

Johnson County Commission Allowed Posting Of Ten Commandments, But Turned Down Local Man’s Church State Display, Watchdog Group Charges

A Tennessee county’s preference for Christianity in its courthouse displays violates the U.S. Constitution, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Grassley Investigation of TV Preachers Veers Off Course

Senate Finance Committee Staffers Are Wrong To Recommend Scrapping Federal ‘No-Electioneering’ Rule For Non-Profits, Says Watchdog Group

A Senate Finance Committee investigation into several high-profile TV ministries went badly off track when staffers recommended that Congress repeal a federal ban on partisan politicking by churches and other non-profit groups, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

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