• Apr 30, 2007

    The U.S. House of Representatives is nearing a vote on whether to repeal vital civil rights protections from Head Start.

    In March, the House Education and Labor Committee rejected an amendment that would have allowed “faith-based” Head Start providers to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion. Several lawmakers, however, are likely to again try to amend the Head Start reauthorization when it comes to the floor. (A vote is expected on Wednesday of this week.)

  • Apr 24, 2007

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State today applauded a federal appeals court decision that effectively bars a Bible display outside a Texas county courthouse.

    By a 11-5 vote, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a legal controversy over a religious memorial outside the Harris County Civil Courthouse is moot because the display has been removed by county officials. But the judges left in place a lower court ruling that the display violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

  • Apr 23, 2007

    The Bush administration has conceded that Wiccans are entitled to have the pentacle, the symbol of their faith, inscribed on government-issued memorial markers for deceased veterans, Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today.

    The settlement agreement, filed today with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, brings to a successful conclusion a lawsuit Americans United brought against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in November.

  • Apr 03, 2007

    Officials in Bradford County, Pa., have agreed to bar any public funding of religious activities as part of a settlement of a lawsuit challenging a local “faith-based” inmate ministry.

    In 2005, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the national law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP brought a legal action against Bradford County and other governmental agencies for funding The Firm Foundation, a religiously based rehabilitation program at the Bradford County jail.

  • Apr 02, 2007

    Acting on behalf of several local citizens, the Winston-Salem Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the use of sectarian invocations to open meetings of the Forsyth County (N.C.) Board of Commissioners (PDF).

    Plaintiffs are residents of Forsyth County who have attended or witnessed meetings of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at which sectarian prayers were used and who object to this practice as a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.