AU, ACLU Applaud Court Ruling Striking Down Indiana City's Proposed Aid To Religious School

South Bend Land Gift To St. Joseph’s High School Blocked By Court Ruling

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Indiana ACLU and the American Civil Liberties Union today hailed a federal court ruling blocking an Indiana city's plan to gift public land to a religious school.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. agreed with Americans United and the ACLU that the planned land gift would violate the separation of church and state.
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Americans United, ACLU Challenge Indiana City's Proposed Aid To Religious School

South Bend Funding Of St. Joseph’s High School Unconstitutionally Forces Taxpayers To Support Religion, Says Federal Lawsuit

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU of Indiana and the national ACLU today asked a federal court to block an Indiana city's plan to use public funds in support of a religious school.

The South Bend Common Council voted 5-4 to spend $1.2 million to buy property that will be transferred to the Catholic Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend for $1. The land will be used by St. Joseph's High School to build a football stadium. Read more

Court Blocks Voucher Plan That Would Fund Religious Schools In Colo.

Americans United, ACLU Challenged Scheme That Used Taxpayer Funds To Pay Religious School Tuition

A district court ruled today that a voucher plan adopted by the Douglas County School District violates the Colorado Constitution by diverting taxpayer money to pay students’ tuition at religious and other private schools.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU of Colorado and the national ACLU challenged the program on behalf of a group of parents, clergy and other taxpayers. Read more

AU Urges Supreme Court To Deny Religious Groups An Overly Broad Right To Discriminate

Church-State Watchdog Calls For A Narrow Interpretation Of ‘Ministerial Exemption’

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Supreme Court not to grant religious groups a sweeping right to ignore anti-discrimination laws.

AU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case pending before the justices called Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The case deals with a Michigan religious school that fired a teacher because of a medical condition.
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AU Criticizes Perry Prayer Rally For Exclusionary Theology And Ties To Extreme Groups

Governor’s Sponsorship Of Evangelistic Event Transgresses Church-State Boundary, Says AU’s Lynn

A coalition of religious and community leaders has criticized Gov. Rick Perry’s sponsorship of a fundamentalist Christian prayer rally.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined the outcry against the Aug. 6 Perry event in Houston. Lynn reprimanded Perry for meddling in religion and failing to recognize America’s wide spiritual diversity.
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AU Hails Federal Appellate Court Ruling Against Sectarian Prayers At NC County Board Meetings

Governmental Favoritism In Religious Matters Violates Church-State Separation, Citizens’ Rights, Court Holds

A federal appellate court has struck down a North Carolina county’s policy of opening board meetings with sectarian prayers.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled 2-1 that the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners’ preference for Christian prayers violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

Americans United hailed the court’s ruling. Read more

AU And Texas ACLU Sponsor Alternative Event To Gov. Perry’s Christians-Only Rally

‘Family, Faith And Freedom’ Celebration Will Unite Community Around Diversity And Religious Liberty For All

In a celebration of diversity, inclusion and unity, the ACLU of Texas and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are sponsoring an evening call to action for the public good and a reaffirmation of the vital importance of the separation of religion and government. On Friday, Aug. 5 – the day before Gov. Rick Perry’s “Christians-only” prayer rally – the two civil liberties groups and their allies will host a “Family, Faith and Freedom” event.

AU Urges Texas State School Board To Adopt Sound Science Materials

State Board of Education Should Not Include Creationist Concepts, Watchdog Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) to approve sound science materials and keep religious concepts out of public school biology classes.

The 15-member elected board convenes today and Friday for a public hearing and to debate and vote on instructional materials for science courses.
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AU, Allies Challenge Deceptive Ballot Measure in Florida Court

Amendment 7 Would Force Taxpayers To Fund Religion, Not Advance Religious Freedom, Lawsuit Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allied groups today filed a lawsuit challenging a deceptively worded Florida ballot referendum that would promote taxpayer funding of religion. Read more

Americans United, Allied Groups Oppose Taxpayer Funding of Religious Schools In Washington, D.C.

At A Time Of Budget Cuts, Congress Should Not Divert Millions To Ineffective Private School Voucher Program, Coalition Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined 52 educational, religious and public policy groups in calling on Congress not to divert taxpayer dollars to religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia.

Americans United and other organizations in the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) wrote to each member of the House of Representatives to express their opposition to an appropriations bill provision that funds a school voucher program in Washington, D.C. Read more