• Oct 18, 2007

    A controversial provision that would have steered $100,000 in federal funds to a creationist group in Louisiana will be removed from a federal appropriations bill.

    U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) inserted the earmark into the Appropriations Committee’s report on a bill allocating money for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Vitter wanted to designate the funds to a Religious Right group called the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) “to develop a plan to promote better science education.”

    Critics decried the measure, saying the move was a backdoor effort to bring creationism into Louisiana’s schools and. Yesterday Vitter acquiesced.

  • Oct 17, 2007

    More than 30 organizations have joined forces to urge the U.S. Senate to remove a provision from an appropriations bill that directs tax money to a Louisiana group that promotes creationism.

    U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) inserted the earmark into the Appropriations Committee’s report on a bill allocating money for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Vitter wants to designate $100,000 to the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) “to develop a plan to promote better science education.”

  • Oct 12, 2007

    The Pennsylvania Senate should stop using sectarian prayers to open its deliberations, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

    In a letter sent to Senate officials Oct. 10, attorneys with Americans United note that Senate proceedings frequently begin with prayers that include sectarian language, such as references to Jesus Christ. AU says government endorsement of one religion over others is unconstitutional and asks that it be dropped.

  • Oct 03, 2007

    A Pennsylvania public school was right to refuse to allow a woman to read Bible verses to a kindergarten class, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has advised a federal appeals court.

    Americans United filed the friend-of-the-court brief in a case from Newtown Square, Pa. Donna K. Busch, whose son was a kindergarten student at Culbertson Elementary School in 2004, wanted to read a passage from the Book of Psalms during an exercise in which parents were invited to share a talent, game, craft or story with the class.

  • Oct 01, 2007

    A federal appeals court in Philadelphia will hear oral arguments on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in an important case challenging a public school football coach’s involvement in prayer with his team.

    At issue before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Borden v. School District of the Township of East Brunswick is whether New Jersey high school football coach Marcus Borden has the right to encourage or promote prayer among members of his team.