Florida Officials Cannot Ban Satanic Temple’s State Capitol Holiday Display, Says Americans United

Policy Violates Free Speech And Church-State Separation, Watchdog Group Asserts

Officials in Florida may not ban the Satanic Temple’s holiday display at the State Capitol in Tallahassee simply because they find it offensive, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a letter to the Florida Department of Management Services sent today, Americans United warns officials that they must not repeat a decision from 2013 that excluded the Satanic Temple from the rotunda of the State Capitol.
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Americans United Reminds Houses Of Worship To Stay Out Of Partisan Politics

Church-State Watchdog Group Clarifies IRS Politicking Rules Ahead Of November Elections

Houses of worship should obey federal tax law and stay out of partisan politics during election season, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Americans United has sent more than 84,000 letters to clergy across the country to remind them that federal law prohibits tax-exempt entities, such as houses of worship, from endorsing candidates for public office.
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Americans United To Honor Investigative Journalist And Youth Activist During Awards Ceremony

Author Katherine Stewart And Student Gracie Bedi To Receive Recognition During Nov. 10 D.C. Event

A journalist who exposed the Religious Right’s efforts to infiltrate America’s public schools and a Mississippi student who bravely challenged unlawful religious activity at her public high school will be recognized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State on Nov. 10.

Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children, will receive Americans United’s Person of the Year Award. Read more

Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Appeals Court To Strike Down Texas’ Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Marriage Prohibition Is Unconstitutionally Based On Religion, Church-State Watchdog Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have asked a federal appeals court to strike down Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage.

In a brief filed today in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and more than 20 other religious and public policy groups say Texas’ marriage restriction is an unconstitutional act that limits, rather than preserves, religious freedom.  Read more

New Hampshire Supreme Court Sidesteps Challenge To Tax-Credit Aid To Religious Schools

Civil Liberties Organizations Criticize Ruling Dismissing Lawsuit Against ‘Neo-Voucher’ Program On Technical Grounds

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union criticized today’s decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court dismissing a challenge to a tuition tax-credit program on technical grounds.

The state high court dismissed the case, holding that the plaintiffs lack “standing” – the right to sue –despite the fact that the Attorney General’s Office had agreed that one of the plaintiffs had standing to challenge the tax-credit program. Read more

Americans United, Allies File Suit Against Florida Private School Tax-Credit Program

Plan Violates State Constitution And Should Be Struck Down, Church-State Watchdog Says

A Florida program that offers tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools violates state constitutional provisions prohibiting tax-subsidized aid to religious schools and guaranteeing a uniform public education, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Read more

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