Americans United Statement On Vandalism Of Satanic Temple Display In Florida

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today issued the following statement about the vandalism of the Satanic Temple’s display at the State Capitol Rotunda in Tallahassee, Fla.:

“This act of mindless vandalism should be condemned by all decent people and all those who support true freedom of religion. It’s important to remember that free speech in an open forum is for all groups, even those whose message some deem controversial or unpopular. Read more

Americans United Warns Ohio Officials That Public Schools Can’t Be Required To Partner With Houses Of Worship

State Must Take Steps To Protect Students In Mentoring Program From Proselytism, Says Church-State Watchdog

Ohio officials may not require public school districts to partner with churches and faith-based organizations as a condition of taking part in a tax-funded mentoring program, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a letter sent to Ohio officials, Americans United explains that the Community Connectors program, which provides $10 million in 3-to-1 matching grants, violates the First Amendment because it gives religious organizations priority over secular groups. Read more

Drop Sponsorship Of Evangelical Christian Rally, AU Tells Louisiana Gov. Jindal

Church-State Watchdog Group Reminds Governor He Was Elected To Represent All Constituents, Not Just Christians

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today told Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to end his sponsorship and endorsement of an evangelistic Christian rally, saying his behavior is inappropriate and possibly illegal.

Jindal used official state letterhead to invite residents to “The Response-Louisiana,” a fundamentalist Christian event that, in Jindal’s words, promotes the idea that “Jesus Christ, Son of God and the Lord of Life, is America’s only hope.”
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Americans United Issues Report Countering Religious Right Claims Of Religious Liberty Abuses In The Military

Church-State Watch Group Debunks Family Research Council’s Assertions

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today released an in-depth report that debunks claims by Religious Right groups that religious liberty in the military is under siege.

The AU report, “Clear and Present Falsehoods: The Real State of Religious Freedom in the Military,” responds to an earlier report by the Family Research Council (FRC) that purported to list widespread instances of religious liberty violations in the armed forces.
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Americans United, Allies Ask Supreme Court To Rule In Favor Of Plaintiff In Headscarf Case

Church-State Watchdog Joins Brief Condemning Religion-Based Employment Discrimination

Abercrombie & Fitch company policies that banned religious headgear violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says in a brief filed before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Americans United joined a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the American Jewish Committee in the matter of EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch. The case will be heard by the Supreme Court this term. Read more

Americans United Welcomes Ky. Officials’ Decision Not To Award Public Funding To ‘Ark Park’

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Project Is Evangelistic In Nature

A proposed theme park based on the story of Noah’s Ark will not receive tax incentives from the state of Kentucky, officials announced today.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed the move.

“This project was never a good candidate for public funding,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Its purpose is to promote fundamentalist Christianity, and it should be funded with private contributions from believers.”
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Florida Officials Agree To Permit Display By Satanic Temple At State Capitol Rotunda

Church-State Separation Watchdog Group Welcomes Reversal Of Policy

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that officials in Florida have agreed to allow the Satanic Temple to erect a holiday display at the State Capitol in Tallahassee this month.

Although officials had previously labeled the display “offensive,” they reversed themselves after Americans United threatened to file a lawsuit on the Temple’s behalf.
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