Supreme Court Should Allow Ark. Prisoner To Grow Beard, Americans United Says

Inmate’s Facial Hair Presents No Threat To The Rights Of Others, Church-State Watchdog Tells High Court

The U.S. Supreme Court should rule in favor of an Arkansas prisoner denied the right to grow a half-inch beard for religious purposes, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, attorneys for Americans United argued that Gregory Holt, who goes by the name Abdul Maalik Muhammed and identifies as a devout Salafist Muslim, should have been permitted to grow a modest beard in accordance with his faith.

ACLU And Americans United Say Va. County Board May Not Permit Only Ministers Ordained By Monotheistic Religions To Open Meetings

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling That Permits Pre-Meeting Prayer Does Not Authorize Chesterfield’s Discriminatory Policy, Civil Liberties Groups Say


The Chesterfield County, Va., Board of Supervisors may not permit only “ordained religious leaders of monotheistic religions” to offer prayers before board meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia say.

In a letter sent today to the board, Americans United and the ACLU write that all faiths must have an opportunity to offer pre-meeting prayers in order for the board’s policy to comply with the First Amendment.

Americans United Tells Appeals Court To Protect Employee Access To Birth Control

Religious Non-Profits Already Enjoy General Exemptions To Contraception Mandate, Church-State Watchdog Says

Religious non-profit organizations and schools should not be granted further exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United Announces Response To Misguided Supreme Court Ruling On Legislative Prayer

Church-State Watchdog Group Launching ‘Operation Inclusion,’ A Multi-Pronged Strategy To Protect The Rights Of All Americans

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it is implementing a coordinated response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision approving official prayers before meetings of local government bodies.

The plan, dubbed “Operation Inclusion,” is necessary to ensure that the rights of all Americans are protected and to respond to misleading claims by Religious Right groups, Americans United says.

Americans United Says Va. County Board May Not Adopt A Prayer Policy That Discriminates Against Non-Christians

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling That Permits Pre-Meeting Prayer Does Not Authorize Roanoke’s Exclusionary Proposal, Church-State Watchdog Says


The Roanoke County, Va., Board of Supervisors may not change its current non-sectarian prayer policy to one that permits only Christians to deliver official invocations before meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Americans United Disappointed That U.S. Supreme Court Ruled In Favor Of Sectarian Prayer Before Town Board Meetings

High Court Says Town Of Greece, N.Y., Did Not Violate Constitution With Pre-Meeting Prayer Practice

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today strongly condemned a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the town of Greece, N.Y.’s policy of opening government meetings with Christian prayers.

In a 5-4 decision today, the high court said that Marsh v. Chambers, a 1983 ruling that permits state legislatures to pay for official chaplains and open sessions with prayers, authorizes the town’s practice.

Americans United Asks Federal Appeals Court To Protect Non-Profit Employees’ Access To Birth Control

Church-State Watchdog Says Religious Organizations Are Not Burdened By Contraceptive Mandate Thanks To Current Accommodation

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should rule against an international Christian ministry’s request for additional exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called birth control mandate, Americans United for Separation for Church and State says.

Reaching Souls International, Inc., which has just 10 full-time employees, is already exempt from the mandate and must only sign paperwork confirming its religious opposition to birth control to receive an exemption. Once it does that, its employees may access contraceptives through an independent third party insurance provider.

Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Court To Strike Down Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Marriage Prohibition Discriminates On The Basis Of Religion, Groups Say

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court’s ruling that struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

A legal brief filed by Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and 20 other religious and public policy groups says the state’s ban is unconstitutional and argues that it restricts, rather than preserves, religious liberty.

Americans United Asks Federal Court To Approve New Jersey Atheist's Custom License Plate

Church-State Watchdog Group Says State Motor Vehicle Commission Has Discriminated Against Non-Believers

Americans United for Separation of Church and State says New Jersey officials can’t approve vanity license plates with religious language while denying a resident one that reads “8THEIST.”

In a lawsuit filed today with the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Americans United said the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission demeaned atheists and favored religion over non-belief when it rejected the specialized plate.