Feb 25, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a Utah community does not have to erect a religious code from a group called Summum in a public park where the Ten Commandments are displayed.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the court made the right decision but urged that all permanent religious symbols be removed from government-owned parks.
Feb 23, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court should use a new controversy over a cross on park land in California to make it clear that government has no right to display religious symbols, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The court today announced it will hear Salazar v. Buono, a legal battle centering on the display of a cross at the Mojave National Preserve in California. The cross was originally erected by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1934 and has since been replaced several times by private citizens.
Feb 17, 2009
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today advised New York City officials and Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio to abide by constitutional requirements when converting four Catholic schools in Brooklyn to charter schools.
Fourteen Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens are scheduled to close this year. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials are considering leasing some of the buildings and converting the schools into public charter schools.
If this proposal is carried out, the new charter schools would be barred from offering religious instruction or worship and be required to cover all religious symbols inside the school.
Feb 11, 2009
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned three Wisconsin public school districts and a community college that they may face litigation if they do not stop holding graduation ceremonies in a church.
Feb 05, 2009
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment that President Barack Obama’s “faith-based” initiative is being rolled out without repeal of Bush-era policies that violate civil rights and civil liberties.
Obama issued an executive order today appointing Joshua DuBois as executive director of the White House faith-based office and setting up an advisory council on faith-based and other issues.