Americans United Wins Preliminary Ruling In Delaware Prayer Lawsuit

Federal Court Says Government-Sponsored Recitation of Lord’s Prayer In Sussex County Likely Violates U.S. Constitution

A federal district court granted a preliminary injunction today blocking a Delaware county council from opening its meetings with a distinctively Christian prayer.

Ruling in Mullin v. Sussex County, U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark wrote that the Sussex County Council’s longstanding practice of opening each of its meetings with the recitation of a Protestant version of the Lord’s Prayer probably “violates the Establishment Clause because it constitutes government endorsement of the Christian faith.” Read more

Obama 'Faith-Based' Guidance Is Mixed Bag, Says Americans United

Directive Adds Some Church-State Safeguards, But Falls Short In Other Areas, Says AU's Lynn

An Obama administration guidance dealing with "faith-based" funding adds some welcome constitutional safeguards but falls short in other areas, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Americans United Urges Indiana Appeals Court To Find School Voucher Program Unconstitutional

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Government Subsidies For Religious Schools Violate Indiana Constitution

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a state appeals court to strike down a voucher program that directs taxpayer dollars to religious schools.

In a friend-of-the-court brief in Meredith v. Daniels, Americans United urged the Indiana Court of Appeals to find the Choice Scholarship Program (CSP) unconstitutional because public funds go almost exclusively to religious schools.  Read more

Americans United Settles Texas Lawsuit Over Religious Activities In Public School

Settlement In Medina Valley Dispute Requires District To End Promotion of Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it has settled a lawsuit over school-sponsored religious activity at the Medina Valley Independent School District in Castroville, Texas.

Americans United filed the lawsuit in May 2011 on behalf of Christa and Danny Schultz, and their two sons, Trevor and Corwyn, both of whom recently graduated from Medina Valley High School. Members of the Schultz family are agnostics and opposed official prayers during the graduation ceremony and other religious activities at the school. Read more

Americans United Applauds Federal Appeals Court Ruling Against California’s Proposition 8

Americans’ Civil Rights Should Not Be Subject To Whims Of Religious Majorities, Says Watchdog Group

A federal appeals court made the right call today in striking down California’s Proposition 8, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In its Perry v. Brown decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Proposition 8, a measure that withdrew the civil marriage rights of same-sex couples in the state. Read more

Americans United Deplores House Votes Promoting Religious Symbols At War Memorials

Church-State Watchdog Group Scores Congress For Focusing On Divisive ‘Culture War’ Issues

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized the House of Representatives for approving two bills promoting the use of religious symbols and prayers at governmental monuments and war memorials.

The House voted to approve H.R. 290, the “War Memorial Protection Act” and H.R. 2070, the “World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011.” Both bills are designed to add religious language to monuments or allow sectarian symbols to be used to honor the nation’s war dead. Read more

Americans United Hails Supreme Court Refusal To Intervene In North Carolina Prayer Case

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Government Should Never Show Favoritism Toward One Religion

The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will not intervene in a controversy over sectarian prayer before meetings of the Forsyth County, N.C., Board of Commissioners.

The justices’ action leaves in place an appellate court decision barring the county from regularly opening its meetings with Christian invocations.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, one of the groups sponsoring the lawsuit, said the high court was right not to intervene. Read more