Federal Judge Strikes Down Ohio School Voucher Program

Ruling Continues String Of Defeats For Vouchers In Federal Courts, Says Americans United

A federal judge in Ohio today declared Cleveland's controversial private school voucher program unconstitutional, an action that drew strong support from Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr., ruling on a motion for summary judgment, said the plan violates the separation of church and state because it directs taxpayer dollars into the coffers of religious schools. Read more

West Virginia School District Rejects Creationism Resolution

Americans United Warned Kanawha County School Board About Potential Lawsuit

The Board of Education in Kanawha County, W.Va., rejected a resolution intended to allow teaching of creationism in science classes last night on a 4-1 vote. The resolution would have repealed a ban on teaching creationism and allowed teachers to offer "theories for and against the theories of evolution."

Americans United for Separation of Church and State wrote to the board this week, warning members of a potential lawsuit if the resolution was passed and implemented. Read more

Second Family Joins Lawsuit Challenging Religious Practices In Louisiana Public Schools

Action Indicates Justices Are In No Hurry To Tackle Issue, Says Americans United

A second West Monroe, La., family has joined a federal court challenge to officially sanctioned prayer in Louisiana public schools.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed suit in federal district court Dec. 3 challenging school-sanctioned prayer over the public address system in West Monroe High School. (A Louisiana state statute that allows teachers to set aside a moment for prayer was also challenged.) Read more

Americans United Releases Statement On Role Of Religion In Presidential Campaign

'Ugly And Divisive' Religious Battle Over Selection Of New Chaplain Mars House's Reputation, Watchdog Group Charges

With less than a year to go, the race for national preacher is on. What? You didn't know the United States had a national preacher?

Tell that to most of the men who are ostensibly running for the presidency. More and more regularly the candidates feel the need to explain their theological beliefs and personal religious experiences.

In the televised Iowa Republican debate on Dec. 13, a question from the audience prompted a prime example. The question was actually quite clever: "What political philosopher or thinker do you most identify with and why?" Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Vermont Voucher Controversy

Americans United Warned Kanawha County School Board About Potential Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will not hear an appeal of a case from Vermont dealing with the controversial issue of vouchers for private religious schools. Read more

U.S. House Should Abolish Chaplain's Office, Says AU

Preacher Or President?: Politicians, Pandering And Campaign 2000 by Barry W. Lynn

The "ugly and divisive" religious conflict in the House of Representatives over selection of a new chaplain shows why the office should be abolished, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a Dec. 6 letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn noted that one candidate for the job has charged that he was passed over by the House leadership because he is a Roman Catholic priest. Read more

Louisiana School Prayer Law Challenged In Federal Court

West Monroe Junior High School Student Says School Officials Sanction Weekly Christian Prayers Over The Intercom

Two national organizations have joined forces to challenge a Louisiana law designed to reintroduce government-sponsored prayer in public schools.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed suit today in federal court, charging that the state's new school prayer law is unconstitutional. The suit also challenges specific school-sponsored religious practices at West Monroe High School in Ouachita Parish. Read more

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Important Parochial School Aid Case

Ruling Continues String Of Defeats For Vouchers In Federal Courts, Says Americans United

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a Louisiana case dealing with tax dollar aid to private religious schools, an important controversy that could have a large impact on the First Amendment and existing church-state law.

The case, Mitchell v. Helms, was originally brought 14 years ago by Louisiana parents who challenged several state and federal programs aiding parochial schools. The central concern being considered by the justices is a federal program providing computers, library books and other materials to parochial schools. Read more

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal Of Texas Football Prayer Case

If This Is The Best The House Has To Offer, 'Heaven Help Us,' AU's Lynn Says

The Supreme Court has decided to accept an appeal of a Texas case concerning prayer at public school football games, setting the stage for a major church-state showdown, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Tax Aid To Churches Through 'Fathers Count Act' Violates Constitution, Says AU

Proposed federal legislation designed to boost fathers' parenting skills and help low-income families stay off welfare is fundamentally flawed because it directs taxpayer money to religious groups, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

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