American Workers’ Access To Birth Control Must Not Be Subject To Employers’ Religion, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges Appeals Court To Uphold Obama Administration’s Contraceptive Mandate

American workers’ access to birth control should not be subject to their employers’ religious beliefs, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, Americans United urged the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate, which requires most businesses to provide workers with a health insurance that includes no-cost birth control. Read more

‘School Choice Week’ Promotes Vouchers, Undermines Public Schools, Says Americans United

Religious/Private Schools Have The ‘Choice,’ But Want Taxpayers To Foot The Bill, Says AU’s Lynn

Sectarian lobbies and right-wing interest groups are waging war on the public school system, and “National School Choice Week” is part of that effort, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

From Jan. 27-Feb. 2, pro-private school forces are sponsoring hundreds of events around the country that supposedly promote “effective education options for every child.” In fact, civil liberties advocates say the real goal is enactment of voucher schemes that undercut public schools and subsidize religious and other private schools with taxpayer dollars. Read more

Official Prayers At West Point Violate Constitution, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Advises Military Academy To Stop Violating Religious Liberty Rights Of Cadets

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to stop including prayers during official events.

In a letter to Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon and other officials, Americans United asserted that the academy’s prayer policy runs afoul of the Constitution and violates the rights of cadets. Read more

Tennessee School Voucher Plan Is Step In Wrong Direction, Americans United Warns

Don’t Divert Taxpayer Funds To Religious Schools, Says AU’s Lynn

A voucher plan that would divert taxpayer dollars to religious and other private schools in Tennessee is a mistake that legislators would be wise to avoid, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s task force today unveiled its recommendations regarding a voucher plan that would pay for tuition at private schools for some Tennessee students. In addition, some state legislators are expected to press for an even broader voucher program. Read more

Death Sentence Should Not Be Based On Biblical Precepts, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Joins Coalition Of Groups Opposing Use Of ‘Biblical Strategy’ In Florida Courtroom

A Florida man on death row did not receive a fair sentencing trial because a prosecuting attorney presented explicitly religious evidence to the jury and repeatedly cited the Book of Romans, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Americans United To Honor Investigative Journalist And Student Activist During Awards Ceremony

Author Jeff Sharlet And High School Student Jessica Ahlquist To Receive Recognition During Nov. 19 Ceremony

A journalist who exposed the inner workings of a shadowy Religious Right group and a Rhode Island student who courageously challenged illegal religious activity at her public school will both be recognized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State on November 19.

Jeff Sharlet, author of the best-selling books The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, will receive Americans United’s Person of the Year Award. Read more

Americans United Urges Maryland Town Council To Drop Lord’s Prayer Invocations

Government Preference For Christianity Violates Constitution, Watchdog Group Warns

A Maryland town council’s refusal to drop Christian invocations at its meetings could lead to a lawsuit, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned.

The Brentwood Town Council begins each of its meetings with a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer led by Mayor Roger E. Rudder or council members. Such governmental preference for one faith clearly violates the U.S. Constitution, Americans United asserts. Read more