Stop Promoting Christianity In Workplace, Americans United Tells Kansas Secretary Of State

State Official’s Creation Of Devotional Booklet And Promotion Of Bible Study Run Afoul Of Constitution, Church-State Watchdog Says

Attorneys with Americans United for Separation of Church and State today warned Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach to stop using his office to promote Christianity and to cease coercing employees to attend religious services.

Mich. County Must Stop Imposing Christian Prayers At Meetings, Americans United Says

Federal Court Should Rule Prayer Practice Unconstitutional, Church-State Watchdog Asserts In Legal Brief

The Jackson County, Mich., Board of Commissioners has violated the First Amendment by composing and delivering Christian prayers at its public meetings and pressuring citizens to participate in those prayers, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Kim Davis Should Go Back To Jail If She Interferes With Deputy Clerks’ Ability To Issue Marriage Licenses, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Recalcitrant Clerk Must Be Closely Monitored

Controversial Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis should be sent back to jail if she interferes with her office’s ability to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
 
“Reports have surfaced that Kim Davis intends to violate the court order by again denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “If Davis does that, she deserves to go back behind bars.”
 
U.S. District Judge David L.

Cities Hosting Pope Francis Must Take Pains To Protect Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

Cities Hosting Pope Francis Must Take Pains To Protect Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

Officials in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. should take care to respect separation of church and state during the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
 
In a letter sent today to officials in the three cities as well as federal agencies, Americans United noted that during previous papal visits, government officials have attempted to divert tax money for religious purposes.

Ariz. Public Charter School Must Stop Promoting Religion In Government Classes, Americans United Says

Heritage Academy In Mesa Teaches Religion Instead of Civics, Says Church-State Watchdog

An Arizona public charter school violated the First Amendment when it assigned a textbook that promotes religion to students in government classes, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
 
In a letter sent today to officials at Heritage Academy in Mesa, Americans United explains that a text used in the school’s mandatory senior government/U.S.

Colorado Court Correct To Uphold Anti-Discrimination Statute

Businesses Do Not Have A Constitutional Right to Discriminate, Church-State Watchdog Says

The Colorado Court of Appeals has protected the constitutional rights of same-sex couples and ruled against a baker seeking a “religious freedom” right to discriminate, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Americans United had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.

Texas Judge Has No Right To Compel Man To Write Bible Verses And Get Married As Alternative To Jail, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Sends Letter Warning Smith County Jurist To Stop Mixing Religion And Law

Smith County, Texas, Judge Randall Lee Rogers overstepped his bounds when he ordered a man charged with assault to write Bible verses and marry his girlfriend as an alternative to jail, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Several media outlets have reported that Rogers ordered Josten Bundy to write Bible verses as a condition of his probation. Bundy was on trial for assaulting his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.
It was also reported that Rogers ordered Bundy to marry the girlfriend, 19-year-old Elizabeth Jaynes. Under duress, the couple did marry.

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