Feb 01, 2007
Religious Right organizations are using governmental displays of the Ten Commandments to project a message of religious exclusion and intolerance, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.
Observes the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, “The Religious Right is using a sacred religious symbol as a weapon in the culture war. It’s demeaning to religion, deeply divisive in a diverse nation and clearly unconstitutional.”
Jan 30, 2007
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised a Maryland public school district for dropping plans to allow a high school to conduct its graduation ceremonies in a church.
This afternoon, Montgomery County school officials backed off a decision made yesterday to allow Montgomery Blair High School, one of the county’s largest schools, to hold its 2007 commencement exercises at Jericho City of Praise, a Pentecostal church covered with religious iconography, including an exterior wall with a large sign declaring “Jesus is The Lord!!!”
Instead, the school district decided to set aside additional money so that Montgomery Blair can rent a neutral venue for graduation ceremonies.
Jan 25, 2007
A Maryland public school district should resist pressure to allow graduation ceremonies in churches, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
This evening, the Montgomery County School Board of Education will consider a request to allow Blair High School to conduct its graduation ceremonies in a local church.
Jan 22, 2007
A public university is right to deny funding to a student group that discriminates on the basis of religion and sexual orientation, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United argues that Hastings College of Law, a part of the University of California system, does not have to officially recognize and support a student organization that excludes law students who do not subscribe to a certain type of Christianity or are gay.
Jan 05, 2007
A federal appeals court should order a public school district in Missouri to stop permitting Bible distribution in its elementary schools, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed this week, Americans United attorneys argue that the South Iron R-1 School District in Annapolis, Mo., violated the separation of church and state by allowing members of the Gideons International to distribute Bibles to fifth-grade students during instructional time at which attendance was mandatory.