A diverse array of state and national religious leaders has come out in opposition to Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's display of the Ten Commandments at the state's highest court. Read more
The Virginia Military Institute's policy of school-sponsored pre-dinner prayers for cadets is unconstitutional, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court. Read more
A Georgia town has taken down religious symbols from its city hall in an attempt to settle a lawsuit brought by civil liberties groups.
The Ringgold City Council removed framed copies of the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer from city hall earlier this week. An empty frame that council members said was for "those who believe in nothing" was also removed. Read more
The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia and Americans United for Separation of Church and State applauded the decision of the Kanawha County (W.Va.) School Board to end a policy that permitted school-sponsored prayer at graduation ceremonies. U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. approved a settlement between the parties today. Read more
A plan by city officials in Charlotte, N.C., to give public funds to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association raises serious church-state concerns and should be dropped, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
President George W. Bush's escalated crusade to channel public funds to religious schools and "faith-based" social services has drawn criticism from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
Today's Supreme Court decision upholding a Cleveland religious school voucher program shifts the battle over this issue from the courts to the state legislatures and Congress, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
"This battle is not over; it's just starting," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, one of the organizations that brought the challenge to Cleveland's voucher program before the high court. "This is a sad day for religious liberty and public education in America, but it does not spell the end of either." Read more
Congress violated the constitutional separation of church and state when it passed a law adding the words "under God" to the Pledge to the Flag, and public school officials cannot pressure students to recite it, a federal appellate court has ruled. Read more