A Florida program that offers tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools violates state constitutional provisions prohibiting tax-subsidized aid to religious schools and guaranteeing a uniform public education, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
Americans United’s Religious Right opponents love to make false accusations against us. One of their frequent claims is that we seek to sanitize the public square by removing all traces of religion.
A private school in Orlando, Fla., is threatening to expel an African-American student – over her natural hair. According to Faith Christian Academy, Vanessa VanDyke’s hair is a “distraction,” and in violation of its student dress code.
Some of the good citizens of DeLand, Fla., aren’t very happy with Americans United right now.
Recently, AU attorneys wrote to officials in the town of about 27,000 after we received a complaint about the city seal, which features a prominent cross. The story ended up in the media and has stirred up some of the community’s residents. AU has been on the receiving end of their wrath.
For years, anti-public school interest groups that favor privatization schemes have smacked their lips and salivated as they’ve contemplated the demise of public education.
But a funny thing happened: The people who actually rely on public education – America’s parents – aren’t buying it.
Government officials have an obligation to represent all of us, no matter what their personal religious beliefs may be.
Occasionally some officials lose sight of this fact. It happened in Vero Beach, Fla., recently with near-disastrous results for Mayor Craig Fletcher.
During a meeting of the city council, members of the Humanists of the Treasure Coast asked that the council officially recognize Humanist Recognition Week. Such requests are pretty routine and are normally granted without much fanfare.
By the end of the month, the courthouse in Bradford County, Fla., will be home to a large granite bench covered with quotes from famous skeptics and atheists.
How did this happen? Is Bradford County some sort of hotbed of atheism?
A six-year battle in federal court over the fate of a Ten Commandments monument at a Florida courthouse has come to an end.
Senior U.S. District Judge Maurice M. Paul granted a motion by the American Civil Liberties Union to voluntarily dismiss the ACLU of Florida v. Dixie County case because its plaintiff was no longer planning to move to Dixie County. Thus the plaintiff had no legal standing to challenge the six-ton granite monument, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.