A Florida man on death row did not receive a fair sentencing trial because a prosecuting attorney presented explicitly religious evidence to the jury and repeatedly cited the Book of Romans, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
A journalist who exposed the inner workings of a shadowy Religious Right group and a Rhode Island student who courageously challenged illegal religious activity at her public school will both be recognized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State on November 19.
Jeff Sharlet, author of the best-selling books The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, will receive Americans United’s Person of the Year Award. Read more
A Maryland town council’s refusal to drop Christian invocations at its meetings could lead to a lawsuit, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned.
The Brentwood Town Council begins each of its meetings with a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer led by Mayor Roger E. Rudder or council members. Such governmental preference for one faith clearly violates the U.S. Constitution, Americans United asserts. Read more
Efforts by the Catholic bishops and Religious Right groups to control the outcome of the 2012 elections largely failed, but the culture war over marriage, birth control and individual freedom may heat up anyway, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
The city of King, N.C., is violating the U.S. and North Carolina constitutions by displaying sectarian symbols at a veterans’ memorial, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told a federal court today.
In a lawsuit filed on behalf of Steven Hewett, a decorated veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Americans United asked the city to remove the Christian flag as well as a Christian statue at the memorial. Read more
When the federal government lets a church group impose religious doctrine on a publicly funded program, taxpayers have the right to take the matter to court.
A Texas church that posted a marquee message urging people to “vote for the Mormon, not the Muslim” violated federal tax law and should suffer the consequences, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the Internal Revenue Service today.
Ray Miller, pastor of the Church in the Valley in Leakey, Texas, posted the message on the church’s marquee. The full message read, “VOTE FOR THE MORMON, NOT THE MUSLIM! THE CAPITALIST, NOT THE COMMUNIST!” Read more
The city of Warren, Mich., does not have the right to exclude non-religious messages from its annual December holiday display, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.
Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., v. City of Warren. The dispute centers around a yearly holiday display placed in the atrium of the Warren Civic Center. Read more
An Ohio school district was within its rights to fire a teacher who introduced creationism into his classroom, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the Ohio Supreme Court.
The case centers on John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher in Mount Vernon. In 2003, Freshwater asked the school board to allow him to teach creationism and “intelligent design.” Board members refused, but Freshwater did it anyway. He was fired in January of 2011. Read more
The Sevier County, Tenn., Commission must stop preferring the Christian faith over other religious perspectives, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned.
In a letter yesterday, Americans United attorneys said the Constitution requires the Commission to stop reciting the Lord’s Prayer before its meetings and remove a Christian poster from its meeting room. Read more