Delaware County Council Agrees To Discontinue Recitation Of Lord’s Prayer At Meetings

Council Decision Comes After Federal Court Preliminarily Ruled In Favor Of Plaintiffs Represented by Americans United

The Sussex County (Del.) Council has agreed to permanently stop reciting the Lord’s Prayer before its meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today.

The council agreed yesterday to discontinue the sectarian invocation as part of a settlement in Mullin v. Sussex County. Read more

Americans United Asks IRS To Investigate El Paso Church That Urged Parishioners To Vote Against Obama

Church-State Watchdog Group Says St. Raphael’s Church May Have Violated Federal Law With Election Intervention

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate an El Paso Catholic church that called for the defeat of President Barack Obama.

St. Raphael Catholic Church ran a notice in a church bulletin dated Aug. 5 that reads, “I am asking all of you to go to the polls and be united in replacing our present president with a president that will respect the Catholic Church in this country. Please pass this on to all of your Catholic friends.” Read more

Americans United Asks IRS To Investigate NYC Church That Endorsed Romney In Its Bulletin

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Church of Saint Catherine Of Siena May Have Violated Federal Law With Election Intervention

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a New York City church that endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in its church bulletin.

The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena’s Sept. 2 bulletin contains a column by the Rev. John Farren, a member of the congregation’s pastoral staff. Titled “From Father Farren, O.P.,” the essay reprints an appeal by several former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican calling on Catholics to vote for Romney. Read more

Americans United Sponsors Nationwide Concert Series to Rally Support for Church-State Separation

‘Voices United’ Project Urges Americans To ‘Take A Seat And Make A Stand’ For Individual Freedom – With Over 75 Shows In 50 States

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced its sponsorship of a nationwide series of grassroots house concerts and live shows that will defend and celebrate the vital principle of church-state separation.

“Voices United for Separation of Church and State,” a first-of-its-kind concert series, will take place Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. Over 75 events are scheduled, with at least one in all 50 states. Read more

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

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