IRS should Investigate Missouri Baptist Group for Election Intervention, Church-State Watchdog Says

Tax-Exempt Religious Denomination’s Endorsement Of Akin, Martin Transgressed Federal Law, AU Complaint Charges

A state Baptist group’s endorsement of two political candidates may have violated federal tax law and should be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, a church-state watchdog says.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a complaint with the IRS about the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) for intervening in the Missouri Republican primary on behalf of candidates for state and federal offices. Read more

Remove Cross from Public Land, Americans United Tells Officials in Michigan Town

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Display Of 55-Foot Cross In Frankenmuth Violates Constitution

The government-sponsored display of a large cross in Frankenmuth, Mich., violates the U.S. Constitution and must stop, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Attorneys with Americans United today wrote to Peter Goodstein, legal counsel for the city of Frankenmuth, and advised him that the continued display of the 55-foot-tall cross in Cross Park runs afoul of the separation of church and state. Read more

Connecticut School District Agrees To Stop Holding Graduation Ceremonies In Church

Americans United, ACLU Say Settlement Affirms Religious Liberty

The Enfield, Conn., Board of Education has agreed not to hold graduations in a Bloomfield church in order to settle a lawsuit filed by Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Connecticut.

The three organizations filed suit against the Enfield Board of Education in May 2010 on behalf of two students and three parents who objected to holding the graduations of Enfield and Fermi high schools at the First Cathedral in Bloomfield, arguing that doing so violated the First Amendment guarantees of religious liberty. Read more

N.Y. Public School Was Right To Tell Student Not To Recite Prayer During Graduation, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Students Have No Right To Impose Religion On Others At School Events

A New York middle school student does not have a constitutional right to recite a prayer from the Bible during a graduation ceremony, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

The case involves a student, identified in court papers as A.M., who wanted to close her middle school graduation speech with a prayer taken from the Old Testament Book of Numbers. The passage, Numbers 6:24-26, is often called the Priestly Benediction. Read more

Supreme Court Made The Right Call In Refusing California Cross Case, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Mt. Soledad Cross Does Not Memorialize All War Dead

The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will not hear a long-running controversy over a 43-foot-tall cross displayed on government-owned property in San Diego.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomed the court’s refusal of the case. The Christian cross, Americans United says, is not an appropriate symbol to memorialize deceased veterans of many different faith perspectives. Read more

Americans’ Access To Birth Control Must Be Protected, Americans United Tells Obama Administration

Church-State Watchdog Says Religious Groups Should Not Be Allowed To Dictate National Policy On Contraceptives

Religious organizations have no right to meddle in Americans’ private lives by demanding the power to restrict access to birth control, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Americans United told the agency that the creation of a new accommodation for religiously affiliated organizations is unnecessary. Read more

Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court To Rule Against Florida City Commission's Sectarian Invocations

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Lakeland Council Acted Unconstitutionally When It Opened Meetings With Christian Prayers For 25 Years

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to find that the City of Lakeland, Fla., violated the U.S. Constitution when it opened meetings of its city commission with exclusively Christian prayers for 25 years. Read more

Americans United Hails Court Ruling Against New York Town's Sectarian Prayer Policy

Greece’s Invocation Practice Unconstitutionally Affiliated Town With Christianity, Unanimous Federal Appeals Court Panel Holds

When the Greece, N.Y., Town Board regularly opened its monthly meetings with Christian invocations, it favored one faith over others and violated the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court said today.

In a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Guido Calabresi said “a given legislative prayer practice, viewed in its entirety, may not advance a single religious sect.” Read more