California Teacher Has No Right To Push Religion in the Classroom

School Officials Were Correct To Remove Math Teacher’s Religious Banners, Watchdog Group Says

Public school officials did not violate a California teacher’s rights when they asked him to remove two religious banners from his classroom, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

Bradley Johnson, a math teacher at Westview High School in San Diego, filed a lawsuit against school officials in 2007, claiming his free speech rights were infringed when he was ordered to take down his religious signs.

A U.S. district court in March ruled in favor of Johnson and ordered school officials to pay nominal damages. Read more

IRS Should Investigate Okla. Religious Group That Promoted Candidate

‘Reclaiming Oklahoma For Christ’ Illegally Urged Support For Incumbent Legislator Sally Kern, Watchdog Group Charges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ, charging that the organization violated federal law by promoting a candidate’s campaign rally.

Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ operates as a tax-exempt group and solicits tax-deductible donations on its Web site, but last month it distributed an e-mail in support of Rep. Sally Kern, a candidate seeking reelection to the state House of Representatives. Read more

IRS Should Investigate Okla. Religious Group That Promoted Candidate

Reclaiming Oklahoma For Christ’ Illegally Urged Support For Incumbent Legislator Sally Kern, Watchdog Group Charges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ, charging that the organization violated federal law by promoting a candidate’s campaign rally.

Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ operates as a tax-exempt group and solicits tax-deductible donations on its Web site, but last month it distributed an e-mail in support of Rep. Sally Kern, a candidate seeking reelection to the state House of Representatives. Read more

Calif. Community College Should Not Impose Religion at Public Events

Watchdog Group Asks Court To Protect Religious Liberty Rights Of All Students And Faculty In Orange County Community College District

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to stop a Southern California community college from proselytizing and imposing prayers at public events.

The legal action comes in a lawsuit filed last year by Americans United on behalf of several students and faculty. At issue is the South Orange County Community College District’s practice of including prayer and other religious content in its events. Read more

AU Lauds Court Decision Upholding Native American Student's Religious Liberty Rights

Watchdog Group Had Filed Court Brief In Texas Case To Support Religious Freedom

A federal appeals court was right to rule that a Native American student in Texas may wear his hair long for religious reasons, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday in favor of Adriel Arocha, an elementary school student. Arocha and his family had challenged a grooming policy at the Needville Independent School District that bans long hair for male students. Read more

Sectarian Prayer At Delaware School Board Meetings Violates Church-State Separation

Indian River School District’s Christian Invocations Violate Constitution, Civil Liberties And Religious Organizations Say

A Delaware school board’s practice of opening its meetings with Christian prayers violates the constitutional separation of church and state, seven religious and civil liberties groups have told a federal appeals court.

A friend-of-the-court brief filed with the 3rd U.S. Circuit of Appeals yesterday says a federal district judge got it wrong when he ruled in favor of sectarian invocations before meetings of the Indian River School District’s board. Read more

AU Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Against Discriminatory Religious Club At Law School

Church-State Watchdog Group Says High Court Was Right To Rule Against Christian Legal Society Affiliate

Americans United for Separation of Church and State praised today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding a policy at Hastings College of the Law that prohibits school-subsidized student clubs from engaging in religious discrimination.

“This decision is a huge step forward for fundamental fairness and equal treatment,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. Read more

Senate Panel Should Question Kagan On Church-State Views

Watchdog Group Expresses Concern About Kagan’s Record On Religious Liberty And Civil Rights, As Well As Funding Of Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan about her views on crucial religious liberty issues. Read more

IRS Should Investigate South Dakota Church That Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate, Says AU

Watchdog Group Says Baptist Pastor’s Pulpit Endorsement Violates Federal Tax Law

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service about a Rapid City, S.D., church whose pastor endorsed a gubernatorial candidate during a church service.

The Rev. H. Wayne Williams, pastor of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle, endorsed state Sen. Gordon Howie, who was seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Williams’ May 16 endorsement from the pulpit was reported in a press release by the Howie campaign and in the Rapid City Journal. Read more

Connecticut Schools' Plan To Hold Graduations In Church Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Ceremonies Must Be Held In Nonreligious Venue Following Challenge By Americans United and ACLU

ENFIELD, CT — A federal judge has declared that the Enfield Public Schools' plan to hold high school graduation ceremonies at a Christian church is unconstitutional, and has ordered the school board to find an alternative venue. The graduation plans were challenged in court by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU of Connecticut and the American Civil Liberties Union. Read more

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