Christian Flag Should Not Fly At Georgia City Hall And County Courthouse, Americans United Says

Bible-Reading Marathon Cannot Be Promoted With Religious Symbols At Government Buildings, Church-State Watchdog Asserts

Georgia officials must refrain from displaying the Christian flag at city and county buildings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In letters sent today to officials in both the city of Cochran and Bleckley County, Americans United explains that flying the Christian flag on public property violates the First Amendment. Read more

Americans United Fights In Federal Court For Student And Staff Access To Contraceptives At Notre Dame

Church-State Watchdog Is Only National Group Arguing On Behalf Of Women Who May Lose Access To Vital Medical Care At Catholic School

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision does not change the fact that the University of Notre Dame’s religious beliefs are not burdened when a third party provides free contraceptive coverage for the school’s students and staff, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
In an argument today before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United explained that the high court’s ruling in Burwell v.

Arkansas Gov. Should Not Sign ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Legislation Is Worse Than Indiana’s Law And Could Be Used To Discriminate Against LGBT Persons

An Arkansas bill that claims to protect “religious freedom” is little more than an attempt to shield religious fundamentalists who want to discriminate against LGBT persons, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
The Arkansas House of Representatives today passed HB 1228, which is a state version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a 1993 law intended to protect religious minorities.

Americans United Seeks To Intervene In ‘Ark Park’ Tax Incentive Lawsuit

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Kentucky Officials Were Right To Deny Taxpayer Funds For Evangelistic Project

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is representing four Kentucky taxpayers, two of whom are ordained Christian ministers, seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Answers in Genesis (AiG), a fundamentalist Christian ministry that is suing a Kentucky office that denied it tax incentives.

Marriage Equality And Religious Freedom Can Co-Exist, Americans United Says

Church-State Watchdog Asks Federal Appeals Court To Reject Claims That Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty

Same-sex couples should not be denied the right to marry because of false claims about the threat marriage equality poses to religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United today submitted friend-of-the-court briefs to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a group of cases challenging the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage in Missouri, South Dakota and Arkansas. Opponents of marriage equality have argued that legalization of these unions will spawn conflicts with religious liberty. Read more

As 2016 Presidential Campaign Gets Under Way, IRS Should Act To Enforce Non-Profit ‘No-Politicking’ Rule, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Liberty University May Have Violated Federal Law By Hosting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

The Internal Revenue Service should make it clear that houses of worship and other tax-exempt, non-profit groups have no right to engage in partisan politicking, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the tax agency today.

In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn urged the agency to act now, since the 2016 presidential campaign is getting under way.
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EEOC Wrong To Side With Teacher In Bible Distribution Case, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Says School Districts Can Fire Staff For Distributing Religious Material To Students

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) should not have ruled in favor of a New Jersey substitute teacher who was fired for giving a Bible to a student, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a letter submitted to the EEOC’s New York District Office today, Americans United argued that the Phillipsburg School District could legally terminate Walt Tutka’s employment if the school acted for the purposes of avoiding a church-state violation.
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