Americans United for Separation of Church and State has contacted school officials in California, raising legal questions about a seventh-grade class in which students were asked to adopt Muslim names, dress in Islamic clothing and memorize Islamic prayers. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today that it supports a consensus report designed to outline appropriate ways to provide assistance to those in need through faith-based and other community organizations. Read more
In a major blow to the Bush administration's "faith-based initiative," a federal district court in Wisconsin has struck down government funding of a religiously based social service program. Read more
Religious intervention in statewide elections in New Jersey and Virginia failed yesterday, when voters rejected candidates supported by the Religious Right and the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
In Virginia, two Religious Right organizations produced "voter guides" on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Earley and other GOP nominees. TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition claimed it distributed over a million guides, while American Renewal (the political arm of the Family Research Council) claimed to have distributed almost a million guides as well. Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court should strike down a voucher plan that subsidizes religious schools in Cleveland because tax support for religion violates the First Amendment, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allied organizations argue in a legal brief filed today.
Americans United and the other organizations asserted that the voucher program provides unrestricted government aid to religious schools that are free to use the money for religious purposes. Read more
A Louisiana law requiring public schools to set aside time each day for spoken prayer by students and teachers violates the constitutional separation of church and state, a federal appeals court ruled today.
In a 3-0 ruling, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans held that the law violates the First Amendment of the Constitution. The decision is a victory for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, the two groups that brought the challenge to the law. Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to review a case dealing with prayer at public school graduation ceremonies in Duval County, Fla. By refusing to intervene, the justices left in place a lower court ruling upholding a plan that allows graduating seniors to choose a classmate to give a prayer or other "message" at the graduation ceremony.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the action in the Adler v. Duval County School Board case is disappointing. Read more
Controversial attorney J. Robert Brame III has asked the White House to withdraw his name from consideration for a slot on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), sources familiar with the situation have reported.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which had publicized Brame's ties to two extremist organizations that promote "biblical law," welcomed the development. Read more