U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder and the Obama administration should plug a legal loophole that allows “faith-based” groups to accept taxpayer funding to pay for social services yet still discriminate on religious grounds when hiring staff, 90 organizations say. Read more
Two religiously affiliated non-profits should not receive further exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United says that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville, N.Y., are not unfairly burdened by a requirement to certify their objection to the contraception mandate. Read more
A Douglas County, Colo., school voucher program that allows taxpayer dollars to flow directly to religious schools is unconstitutional, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado say. Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court should rule in favor of an Arkansas prisoner denied the right to grow a half-inch beard for religious purposes, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, attorneys for Americans United argued that Gregory Holt, who goes by the name Abdul Maalik Muhammed and identifies as a devout Salafist Muslim, should have been permitted to grow a modest beard in accordance with his faith.
The Chesterfield County, Va., Board of Supervisors may not permit only “ordained religious leaders of monotheistic religions” to offer prayers before board meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia say.
In a letter sent today to the board, Americans United and the ACLU write that all faiths must have an opportunity to offer pre-meeting prayers in order for the board’s policy to comply with the First Amendment. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it is implementing a coordinated response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision approving official prayers before meetings of local government bodies.
The plan, dubbed “Operation Inclusion,” is necessary to ensure that the rights of all Americans are protected and to respond to misleading claims by Religious Right groups, Americans United says. Read more
The Roanoke County, Va., Board of Supervisors may not change its current non-sectarian prayer policy to one that permits only Christians to deliver official invocations before meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today strongly condemned a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the town of Greece, N.Y.’s policy of opening government meetings with Christian prayers.
In a 5-4 decision today, the high court said that Marsh v. Chambers, a 1983 ruling that permits state legislatures to pay for official chaplains and open sessions with prayers, authorizes the town’s practice. Read more