Americans’ Access To Birth Control Must Be Protected, Americans United Tells Obama Administration

Church-State Watchdog Says Religious Groups Should Not Be Allowed To Dictate National Policy On Contraceptives

Religious organizations have no right to meddle in Americans’ private lives by demanding the power to restrict access to birth control, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Americans United told the agency that the creation of a new accommodation for religiously affiliated organizations is unnecessary. Read more

Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court To Rule Against Florida City Commission's Sectarian Invocations

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Lakeland Council Acted Unconstitutionally When It Opened Meetings With Christian Prayers For 25 Years

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to find that the City of Lakeland, Fla., violated the U.S. Constitution when it opened meetings of its city commission with exclusively Christian prayers for 25 years. Read more

Americans United Hails Court Ruling Against New York Town's Sectarian Prayer Policy

Greece’s Invocation Practice Unconstitutionally Affiliated Town With Christianity, Unanimous Federal Appeals Court Panel Holds

When the Greece, N.Y., Town Board regularly opened its monthly meetings with Christian invocations, it favored one faith over others and violated the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court said today.

In a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Guido Calabresi said “a given legislative prayer practice, viewed in its entirety, may not advance a single religious sect.” Read more

Santa Monica Should Reject Religious Right Legal Group’s Bad Advice On Holiday Displays, Says Americans United

City Policy Promoting Religion Would Lead To Costly Lawsuits, Church-State Watchdog Says

If the Santa Monica City Council adopts a holiday display policy recommended by a Religious Right legal group, lawsuits are certain to follow, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State said today.  Read more

Americans United Wins Preliminary Ruling In Delaware Prayer Lawsuit

Federal Court Says Government-Sponsored Recitation of Lord’s Prayer In Sussex County Likely Violates U.S. Constitution

A federal district court granted a preliminary injunction today blocking a Delaware county council from opening its meetings with a distinctively Christian prayer.

Ruling in Mullin v. Sussex County, U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark wrote that the Sussex County Council’s longstanding practice of opening each of its meetings with the recitation of a Protestant version of the Lord’s Prayer probably “violates the Establishment Clause because it constitutes government endorsement of the Christian faith.” Read more

Obama 'Faith-Based' Guidance Is Mixed Bag, Says Americans United

Directive Adds Some Church-State Safeguards, But Falls Short In Other Areas, Says AU's Lynn

An Obama administration guidance dealing with "faith-based" funding adds some welcome constitutional safeguards but falls short in other areas, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Kentucky Legislature Should Delete Budget Funding To Benefit ‘Ark Park,’ Says Americans United

$2 Million Allocation For ‘Road To Nowhere’ Violates Constitution And Common Sense, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

The Kentucky legislature’s plan to spend $2 million on a road project benefitting a proposed “Ark Park” is constitutionally dubious and a waste of scarce taxpayer dollars, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Americans United Urges Indiana Appeals Court To Find School Voucher Program Unconstitutional

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Government Subsidies For Religious Schools Violate Indiana Constitution

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a state appeals court to strike down a voucher program that directs taxpayer dollars to religious schools.

In a friend-of-the-court brief in Meredith v. Daniels, Americans United urged the Indiana Court of Appeals to find the Choice Scholarship Program (CSP) unconstitutional because public funds go almost exclusively to religious schools.  Read more

Religious Liberty Does Not Grant A License To Deny The Rights Of Others, Americans United Tells Congressional Panel

Church-State Watchdog Group Argues Against Sweeping Exemptions For Religious Groups In Health Care Law’s Birth Control Mandate

Religiously affiliated organizations do not have a religious liberty right to deny their employees birth control coverage in health care plans, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told a congressional panel today. Read more

Americans United Settles Texas Lawsuit Over Religious Activities In Public School

Settlement In Medina Valley Dispute Requires District To End Promotion of Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it has settled a lawsuit over school-sponsored religious activity at the Medina Valley Independent School District in Castroville, Texas.

Americans United filed the lawsuit in May 2011 on behalf of Christa and Danny Schultz, and their two sons, Trevor and Corwyn, both of whom recently graduated from Medina Valley High School. Members of the Schultz family are agnostics and opposed official prayers during the graduation ceremony and other religious activities at the school. Read more

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