House Approves Legislation To Sell Federal Land In Wyoming To Mormon Church

AU's Lynn Says Land Deal to Benefit One Religious Group is Unconstitutional

Americans United for Separation of Church and State criticized the House of Representatives for approving a bill that would require the federal government to sell over 900 acres of federal land in Wyoming to the Mormon Church. The measure passed on a voice vote this afternoon. Read more

Federal Court Stops Graduation Prayer At West Virginia High School

AU, ACLU of West Virginia Prevent Kanawha County from Promoting Religion at Official School Event

A federal judge in West Virginia has announced that a public school in St. Albans, West Virginia, may not include school-sponsored prayer as part of its graduation ceremony.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia filed suit this week, arguing that the school's plan to include worship as part of the commencement activities ran afoul of the First Amendment's separation of church and state. Read more

Government-sponsored National Day Of Prayer Undermines Church-state Separation, Says Au

Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Chaplain Helps Religious Right Group By Drafting Official 'Prayer For America'

The National Day of Prayer (NDP) is a federally mandated religious observance that undermines the core of the First Amendment, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"It is wholly inconsistent with the principles of the First Amendment for the government to set aside a special 'prayer day' for the nation," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Americans don't need official instruction from politicians on when and how to pray." Read more