Au Urges Georgia School District To Reject Scheme To Teach Religion In Public School Science Classes

Cobb County Proposal Would Promote Religion, Undermine Church-State Separation, Says Americans United's Lynn

A policy under consideration by the Cobb County, Ga., Board of Education is a thinly veiled effort to bring religion into public school science classrooms, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Last night, Cobb County's school board voted unanimously to spend 30 days studying a proposal to allow public school teachers to discuss "disputed views of academic subjects," including human origins. Supporters of the proposal have said the policy would allow science classes to introduce creationism into the curriculum. Read more

Georgia Town Takes Down Religious Symbols After Civil Liberties Groups File Suit

All Americans Will Now Feel Welcome In Ringgold City Hall, Says Americans United

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

West Virginia School District Rescinds Graduation Prayer Policy

August 14, 2002

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

Supreme Court Ruling For Religious School Vouchers Shifts Battle To States, Congress, Says Au

Despite Court Ruling, Voucher Schemes Will Still Face Major Hurdles, Says AU's Lynn

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