Americans United Dismayed By High Court Ruling Restricting Birth Control Access

Decision Elevates Employers’ Religious Views Over Employees’ Rights, Church-State Watchdog Says

 
The Supreme Court’s ruling allowing the owners of some secular, for-profit companies to deny their employees access to birth control is a blow to individual conscience and medical privacy rights, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United Warns Alabama City Not To Discriminate Against Religious Minorities At Local Board Meetings

City of Huntsville Wrongly Cancelled Wiccan Priest’s Pre-Meeting Invocation, Church-State Watchdog Says

The City of Huntsville, Ala., discriminated against a Wiccan priest when it rescinded his invitation to deliver a prayer before a city council meeting, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Blake Kirk had been scheduled to deliver an official invocation before the Huntsville City Council’s June 26 meeting, but his invitation was suddenly withdrawn just days before he was to speak. News reports said Kirk was uninvited due to community concerns about a Wiccan praying at the meeting. Read more

Americans United Demands Arizona Charter School Stop Using Religious Texts In Government Class

Heritage Academy In Mesa Must Remove Sectarian And Misleading Books From Curriculum, Church-State Watchdog Says

A public charter school in Mesa, Ariz., violated the Constitution by using sectarian books as history textbooks for high school students, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a letter submitted to the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools on Tuesday, the group argued that The 5,000 Year Leap and The Making of America, both by W. Cleon Skousen, teach debunked “Christian nation” history in addition to sexist, racist and anti-Semitic messages. Read more

Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Court To Strike Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans in Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan

Religiously Based Definition Of Marriage Is Unconstitutional, Groups Say

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have asked a federal appeals court to uphold lower court rulings that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan.  
 
Three separate legal briefs filed in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and more than 20 other religious and public policy groups say the three state marriage bans are unconstitutional; the briefs argue that the bans restrict, rather than preserve, religious freedom.   Read more

Supreme Court Right To Skip Wisc. Graduation-In-Church Case, Says Americans United

Appeals Court Said Public School Commencement Ceremonies Should Not Be Held In Religious Settings

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it will not hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling striking down a Wisconsin school district’s use of an evangelical megachurch to hold commencement ceremonies. Read more

Reject Religiously Based Discrimination In Taxpayer Funded Programs, Americans United And Allies Tell Holder

Civil Liberties Groups Seek End To Loophole Allowing Faith Organizations To Violate Women’s Rights

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder and the Obama administration should plug a legal loophole that allows “faith-based” groups to accept taxpayer funding to pay for social services yet still discriminate on religious grounds when hiring staff, 90 organizations say. Read more

Americans United Urges Court To Rule Against Non-Profits Seeking Exemptions From Contraception Mandate

Religious Charities Are Already Granted Generous Accommodations, Church-State Watchdog Says

Two religiously affiliated non-profits should not receive further exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United says that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville, N.Y., are not unfairly burdened by a requirement to certify their objection to the contraception mandate. Read more

Supreme Court Should Allow Ark. Prisoner To Grow Beard, Americans United Says

Inmate’s Facial Hair Presents No Threat To The Rights Of Others, Church-State Watchdog Tells High Court

The U.S. Supreme Court should rule in favor of an Arkansas prisoner denied the right to grow a half-inch beard for religious purposes, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, attorneys for Americans United argued that Gregory Holt, who goes by the name Abdul Maalik Muhammed and identifies as a devout Salafist Muslim, should have been permitted to grow a modest beard in accordance with his faith.
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