Feb 07, 2007
Can the government force inmates to become evangelical Christians as the price of receiving rehabilitation, better treatment while in prison and the prospect of earlier release?
Can taxpayers be forced to support a prison ministry that indoctrinates inmates in one religious tradition and attacks other faiths as false?
What if to make matters worse the sectarian program has no proof of success in its performance?
Those questions are at the heart of an important court hearing before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Arguments in Americans United v. Prison Fellowship Ministries will take place Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at 9 a.m. at the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in St. Louis, Mo.
Feb 02, 2007
The U.S. Supreme Court should affirm the right of taxpayers to challenge the Bush administration’s use of public funds to support religion, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, Americans United urged the justices to uphold precedent that allows taxpayers to sue when the government uses tax dollars for religious purposes.
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.