Federal Court Of Appeals Strikes Down Biblical Phrase As Ohio State Motto

Americans United Commends Court For Upholding Church-State Separation

Americans United for Separation of Church and State commended a federal appeals court ruling that struck down Ohio's state motto, "With God, all things are possible," for violating church-state separation.

In a 2-1 decision in ACLU v. Capitol Square, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the religious motto, which directly quotes the Bible's Book of Matthew (19:26), amounts to state endorsement of Christianity.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, praised the court for supporting the First Amendment. Read more

Americans United, Aclu Challenge State Funding Of Baptist Children's Home In Kentucky

Case Tests 'Charitable Choice' Tax Aid For Religious Discrimination

Louisville, Ky. -- In a ground-breaking case that will test the boundaries of tax aid to church-run social services, two civil liberties groups filed suit today in federal court against public funding of a Baptist children's home in Kentucky

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union charged that the state government may not pay for services at the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children (KBHC) because the religious group uses the money to advance its religious agenda. Read more

Wwjd: What Would Jefferson Do?

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April 13 marks Thomas Jefferson's 257th birthday. In honor of this occasion, Americans United has pulled together some of Jefferson's best statements on church and state. Jefferson, along with James Madison, was a key architect of the religious liberty guarantees we enjoy today. What better way to honor the memory of this visionary founder than spending a few moments reading and reflecting on his timeless wisdom? Read more

Oklahoma House Passes Bill Requiring Science Textbooks To Acknowledge 'god As The Creator Of Human Life'

Americans United Warns Legislators Of Inevitable Legal Fight Over Unconstitutional Legislation

Oklahoma legislators are inviting a lawsuit if they pass a bill requiring religious language in science textbooks, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned.

The Oklahoma State House unanimously passed a bill yesterday requiring the state's public schools to use science textbooks that acknowledge "one God as the creator of human life in the universe." Read more

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Texas Football Prayer Case

Decision Will Decide Whether Public Schools Can Pressure Students To Pray

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in in a closely watched Texas case dealing with officially sanctioned, student-led prayer before public school football games.

"This is the most important religion-and-schools case in a decade," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "This case will decide whether students can be pressured to pray at public schools. The outcome of this case can permanently change the church-state landscape." Read more

House Chaplaincy Battle Shows Danger Of Mixing Religion And Government, Says Au

After months of bitter fighting and accusations of religious bigotry, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has named the Rev. Daniel Coughlin, a Roman Catholic priest, as the new House chaplain.

The controversy over the position erupted in December when Hastert and House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) ignored the recommendations of a bipartisan House committee and passed over the Rev. Tim O'Brien, a Catholic, to support a Protestant, the Rev. Charles Wright, a Presbyterian, to become the new House chaplain. Read more

Congressional Leaders Honor Extremist TV Preacher

Lott, Hastert, Armey Celebrate Pat Robertson's 70th Birthday, Despite Broadcaster's Controversial Record

Top leaders of Congress are cosponsoring a birthday celebration for TV preacher Pat Robertson despite the religious broadcaster's record of religious and political extremism.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) are among the "Inner Circle Sponsors" of the Pat Robertson 70th Birthday Celebration, scheduled for March 24 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Read more

Americans United Deplores Federal Court Ruling On High School Graduation Prayer

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today condemned a federal appeals court ruling that allows prayer at high school graduation ceremonies as long as students make the decision.

In its Adler v. Duval County School Board ruling released yesterday, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 1993 Florida school district policy that permits students to elect a classmate to deliver a two-minute "message" during commencement ceremonies. Read more

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