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Federal Court Denies Texas Churches’ Demand For Taxpayer Aid

A federal court on Dec. 7 denied an emergency request from three Texas churches seeking access to federal disaster funding to rebuild sanctuaries damaged during Hurricane Harvey.

The churches – Harvest Family Church in Cypress, First Assembly of God in Rockport and Hi-Way Tabernacle in Cleveland – sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Sept. 4, demanding taxpayer aid to help them rebuild sanctuaries, a fellowship hall, a steeple, pastoral offices and a parsonage.

Supreme Court Declines Texas School Board Prayer Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to accept a case involving student-led prayers at public school board meet­ings in Texas.

The American Humanist Association (AHA) sued the Bird­ville Independent School District for opening its school board meetings with student prayer. Americans United was among the groups that filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, arguing that the school district was promoting school-sponsored prayers.

Here Are The Top Ten Church-State Stories From 2017

There’s no denying that 2017 was a tough year for advocates of religious freedom and church-state separation. Yet despite the barrage of assaults from the Donald Trump-Mike Pence administration, Americans United saw important victories in and out of court.

As we look ahead to 2018, here’s a list of what are, in our opinion, the top 10 church-state stories from 2017: