A New York middle school student does not have a constitutional right to recite a prayer from the Bible during a graduation ceremony, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.
The case involves a student, identified in court papers as A.M., who wanted to close her middle school graduation speech with a prayer taken from the Old Testament Book of Numbers. The passage, Numbers 6:24-26, is often called the Priestly Benediction. Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will not hear a long-running controversy over a 43-foot-tall cross displayed on government-owned property in San Diego.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomed the court’s refusal of the case. The Christian cross, Americans United says, is not an appropriate symbol to memorialize deceased veterans of many different faith perspectives. Read more
Religious organizations have no right to meddle in Americans’ private lives by demanding the power to restrict access to birth control, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Americans United told the agency that the creation of a new accommodation for religiously affiliated organizations is unnecessary. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to find that the City of Lakeland, Fla., violated the U.S. Constitution when it opened meetings of its city commission with exclusively Christian prayers for 25 years. Read more
When the Greece, N.Y., Town Board regularly opened its monthly meetings with Christian invocations, it favored one faith over others and violated the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court said today.
In a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Guido Calabresi said “a given legislative prayer practice, viewed in its entirety, may not advance a single religious sect.” Read more
If the Santa Monica City Council adopts a holiday display policy recommended by a Religious Right legal group, lawsuits are certain to follow, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State said today. Read more
A federal district court granted a preliminary injunction today blocking a Delaware county council from opening its meetings with a distinctively Christian prayer.
Ruling in Mullin v. Sussex County, U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark wrote that the Sussex County Council’s longstanding practice of opening each of its meetings with the recitation of a Protestant version of the Lord’s Prayer probably “violates the Establishment Clause because it constitutes government endorsement of the Christian faith.” Read more
An Obama administration guidance dealing with "faith-based" funding adds some welcome constitutional safeguards but falls short in other areas, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
The Kentucky legislature’s plan to spend $2 million on a road project benefitting a proposed “Ark Park” is constitutionally dubious and a waste of scarce taxpayer dollars, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more