Feb 22, 2007
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday unveiled an expanded project allegedly designed to protect religious liberty, an effort that, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, reeks of hypocrisy.
“Expecting the Bush administration to defend religious liberty is a little like asking Col. Sanders to babysit your pet chicken,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “This administration has repeatedly worked to destroy true religious freedom by merging church and state.”
Feb 21, 2007
The U.S. Supreme Court should preserve the right of taxpayers to file lawsuits challenging government support of religion, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation. In the case, three Wisconsin taxpayers have challenged President George W. Bush’s creation of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and other promotion of his “faith-based” agenda.
In its response, the Bush administration argued that general operating funds were used for the faith-based endeavors and that taxpayers have no constitutional right to challenge the actions.
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.”