DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU and the law firm Arnold & Porter — who successfully challenged a Douglas County school voucher program before the Colorado Supreme Court last year — filed motions yesterday challenging the validity of a new lawsuit that asks a federal district court to issue an unprecedented order that would require the Douglas County School District to divert taxpayer funds to religious schools.
The owners of Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gun Range in Oktaha, Okla., are facing a lawsuit over refusing to serve a Muslim customer. Chad and Niki Neal posted a sign in their business’ front window announcing it was a “Muslim-free establishment.”
Raja’ee Fatihah, a U.S. Army reservist and an investigator for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, says the owners cited this policy when they turned him away from the business.
Three civil liberties organizations, including Americans United, recently filed suit in a Nevada court to challenge a school voucher program signed into law in June by Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United sued Aug. 27 on behalf of a group of parents, clergy and others who oppose the program’s effort to divert taxpayer money to private, religious schools.
Americans United, the ACLU and the ACLU of Texas have urged the Texas Supreme Court to rule against a group of public school cheerleaders seeking the right to display Bible verses at football games. The groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief in July, arguing that the Kountze Independent School District should be able to prevent official representatives from endorsing religion at school events.
A federal court has dismissed a suit claiming that a Catholic hospital’s refusal to perform abortions negatively impacted patient care.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell ruled against Tamesha Means, who had sued the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), arguing that Muskegon, Mich.,-based Mercy Health Partners had caused her “severe, unnecessary, and foreseeable physical and emotional pain and suffering” by adhering to USCCB policy on abortion care.
The Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese in Indiana has refused to appear in court to answer a lawsuit from a former employee, arguing that it is beyond the reach of the legal system in this case.
“[If] the diocese is required to go through a trial,” the diocese’s religious freedom would be “irrevocably” harmed, church attorneys argued.
Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Freedom From Religion Foundation have filed suit against the city of Warren, Mich., over its rejection of a proposed “reason station” in its city hall. The station was proposed by Douglas Marshall, a Warren resident who identifies as an atheist, after Warren approved a Christian “prayer station” in the same building.
A federal appeals court has tossed out a lawsuit over religious restrictions placed on a federally funded program for victims of human trafficking.
In January, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said ACLU of Massachusetts v. Sebelius is moot because the federal government discontinued the Roman Catholic bishops’ control of the program in 2011.
A courtroom in Richmond, Va., will be the site of a church-state showdown on Thursday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in an important case dealing with official prayer before government bodies. Americans United will be there.