Texas Judge Has No Right To Compel Man To Write Bible Verses And Get Married As Alternative To Jail, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Sends Letter Warning Smith County Jurist To Stop Mixing Religion And Law

Smith County, Texas, Judge Randall Lee Rogers overstepped his bounds when he ordered a man charged with assault to write Bible verses and marry his girlfriend as an alternative to jail, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Several media outlets have reported that Rogers ordered Josten Bundy to write Bible verses as a condition of his probation. Bundy was on trial for assaulting his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.
It was also reported that Rogers ordered Bundy to marry the girlfriend, 19-year-old Elizabeth Jaynes. Under duress, the couple did marry. Read more

Groups Say First Amendment Does Not Permit Texas Public School Cheerleaders To Display Religious Signs

Texas Supreme Court Should Prohibit On-Field Bible Banners, Watchdog Organizations Say

A Texas public school should be required to prevent cheerleaders from displaying large banners with Bible verses on the field during football games, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have advised a state court.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday in Matthews v.

Federal Court Correct To Reject Bogus ‘Religious Freedom’ Claims In Wash. Birth Control Case, Says Americans United

Pharmacies Should Fill Prescriptions Regardless Of Owners’ Religious Views, Church-State Watchdog Asserts

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted correctly today by upholding Washington state regulations that require pharmacies to fill prescriptions that their owners may find objectionable, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the most recent version of the case, arguing that the regulations do not violate the religious freedom rights of pharmacy owners.
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Civil Liberties Groups Tell State Court That New Jersey Was Wrong To Award Taxpayer Money To Religious Ministries

Nearly $11 Million In Grants For Two Sectarian Schools Raises Constitutional Concerns, Say Watchdog Organizations

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have submitted written arguments challenging New Jersey’s decision to award taxpayer funds to two religious ministries.
In a reply brief submitted recently in the case of American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey v.

New Birth Control Regulations Won’t Stem Religious Right Groups’ Attacks On Reproductive Health Care, Says Americans United

Far-Right Groups Are Determined To Curtail Access To Contraceptives, Church-State Watchdog Says

The Obama Administration today issued the latest in a series of regulations designed to ensure that Americans have access to affordable birth control, but the move isn’t likely to end litigation over the matter, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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