Maryland Town Council Agrees To Discontinue Recitation Of Lord’s Prayer At Meetings

Brentwood Council Ends Official Invocations Thanks To Complaint Brought By Americans United On Behalf Of Local Residents

The Brentwood (Md.) Town Council has agreed to permanently stop reciting the Lord’s Prayer before its meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today.

The council agreed Wednesday to discontinue the sectarian invocation as part of a settlement in Pomerleau v. Town of Brentwood.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, expressed satisfaction with the council’s decision. Read more

Supreme Court Should Not Permit Sectarian Prayers Before Local Board Meetings, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges High Court To Require Town Board To Respect Religious Minorities’ Freedom of Conscience

Citizens should not be required to participate in prayers – let alone prayers that are faith-specific – in order to participate in local government, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a brief being filed today with the high court, Americans United argues that many citizens have no choice but to attend these meetings when they are seeking board action on local issues or must take an oath of office or receive public honors. Read more

Americans United, Allies Ask U.S. Senate Subcommittee Not To Add Prayer Inscription To World War Two Memorial

Bill Requiring Religious Addition To National Monument Shows Lack Of Respect For Diversity, Say Watchdog Groups

Legislation that would require a prayer to be added to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., shows a lack of respect for the diversity of belief among veterans, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies told a U.S. Senate subcommittee. Read more

Americans United Hails Appeals Court Ruling Protecting Employee Access To Contraceptives

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Owners Of Secular Corporations Have No Right To Impose Their Theology On Workers

A federal appeals court today upheld an Obama administration regulation requiring most secular companies to include no-cost contraceptives to employees in health insurance plans, rejecting arguments by sectarian groups that the policy infringes on religious freedom.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed the ruling. Read more

HHS Regulations On Birth Control Concede Enough To Religious Groups, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Religiously Affiliated Entities Have No Legal Rights To Interfere In Employees’ Personal Health Decisions

Regulations issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) more than adequately safeguard religious freedom by providing even more protection than the law requires and no more religious accommodations should be made in this area, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

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