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

Election Outcome Is Bitter Defeat For Catholic Bishops And Religious Right Groups, Says Americans United

Sectarian Lobbies Largely Failed At The Polls, But Culture War Is Still Likely To Escalate, Says AU’s Lynn

Efforts by the Catholic bishops and Religious Right groups to control the outcome of the 2012 elections largely failed, but the culture war over marriage, birth control and individual freedom may heat up anyway, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Decorated Afghanistan War Veteran Sues North Carolina Town Over Sectarian Symbols At Veterans’ Memorial

City Of King Is Exploiting The Memory Of American Soldiers To Promote Christianity, Says Americans United

The city of King, N.C., is violating the U.S. and North Carolina constitutions by displaying sectarian symbols at a veterans’ memorial, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told a federal court today.

In a lawsuit filed on behalf of Steven Hewett, a decorated veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Americans United asked the city to remove the Christian flag as well as a Christian statue at the memorial.   Read more

Americans United Says Taxpayers Have Right To Challenge Church Control Of Federal Program

Watchdog Group Tells Court That Public Has Right To Question Bishops’ Restrictions On Program To Help Sex-Trafficking Victims

When the federal government lets a church group impose religious doctrine on a publicly funded program, taxpayers have the right to take the matter to court.

That’s the viewpoint put forward by Americans United for Separation of Church and State in a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today. Read more

Americans United Urges IRS To Investigate Texas Church That Urged Votes For ‘The Mormon, Not The Muslim’

Church-State Watchdog Says Church Marquee Constituted Illegal Election Intervention

A Texas church that posted a marquee message urging people to “vote for the Mormon, not the Muslim” violated federal tax law and should suffer the consequences, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the Internal Revenue Service today.

Ray Miller, pastor of the Church in the Valley in Leakey, Texas, posted the message on the church’s marquee. The full message read, “VOTE FOR THE MORMON, NOT THE MUSLIM! THE CAPITALIST, NOT THE COMMUNIST!” Read more

Michigan City Does Not Have The Right To Exclude Non-Religious Display From Forum, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges Federal Appeals Court To Invalidate Holiday Display Policy In City Of Warren

The city of Warren, Mich., does not have the right to exclude non-religious messages from its annual December holiday display, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., v. City of Warren. The dispute centers around a yearly holiday display placed in the atrium of the Warren Civic Center. Read more

Ohio School District Was Right To Fire Teacher Who Promoted Creationism, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Tells Ohio Supreme Court That Teachers Have No Right To Preach In Class

An Ohio school district was within its rights to fire a teacher who introduced creationism into his classroom, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the Ohio Supreme Court.

The case centers on John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher in Mount Vernon. In 2003, Freshwater asked the school board to allow him to teach creationism and “intelligent design.” Board members refused, but Freshwater did it anyway. He was fired in January of 2011. Read more

Tennessee County Must Stop Giving Christianity Favored Treatment, Church-State Watchdog Group Warns

Americans United Says Sevier County Commission Promotes Religion With Christian Prayer And Christian Poster

The Sevier County, Tenn., Commission must stop preferring the Christian faith over other religious perspectives, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned.

In a letter yesterday, Americans United attorneys said the Constitution requires the Commission to stop reciting the Lord’s Prayer before its meetings and remove a Christian poster from its meeting room. Read more

Colorado Ministry Should Lose Tax Exemption For Partisan Political Intervention, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Requests IRS Investigation Of Ridgway Religious Group That Called On Residents To Vote Republican

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a ministry in Ridgway, Colo., that printed and mailed a magazine to state residents asking them to vote for Republican candidates.

The publication was produced by Ridgway Christian Center, an affiliate of Praise Him Ministries. Its cover is dated Fall 2012, and it features a photo of a series of American flags. The headline reads, “Honor God! Love your country! VOTE REPUBLICAN!” Read more

Don’t Force New York City Public Schools To Subsidize Religion, Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Constitution Does Not Require Government To Let Churches Hold Worship Services In Schools

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to find that government has the right to deny religious institutions access to public schools for worship services.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, Americans United urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a New York City Board of Education policy that prohibits churches from conducting religious worship services in public schools. Read more