Americans United Blasts House For Approving D.c. School Voucher Scheme

Measure Threatens Church-State Separation And Public Education, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized the House of Representatives for approving a wide-ranging legislative package that includes voucher subsidies for religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia.

The House voted 242-176 to approve the omnibus spending package Dec. 8.

Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn said the House has made a serious mistake. Read more

Americans United Criticizes Plan To Create 'faith-based' Prison In Florida

Gov. Bush's Proposal Is 'Clearly Unconstitutional,' Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's plan to create a "faith-based" prison runs afoul of the Constitution and should be scrapped, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

On Dec. 5, Bush announced that he intends to convert a medium-security, 800-man prison in Bradford County into a facility run along religious lines. The Palm Beach Post reported that inmates in the prison "will receive religion-based classes in everything from parenting to character building to job training." Read more

Americans United Lauds Decision Striking Down Colorado School Voucher Law

Ruling Bars State Law That Would Force Local School Boards To Fund Religious and Other Private Schools

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised a Colorado State judge for invalidating a statewide school voucher law that was set to take effect next year.

This spring, Americans United along with the ACLU of Colorado, the National Education Association and other public interest groups brought suit against the school voucher law on a number of state constitutional grounds. The groups represented Colorado parents, clergy and taxpayers. Read more

Americans United Criticizes 'Faith Czar' For Comments About 'Fringe' Religions

Towey Remarks Show Bush Administration Does Not Intend To Be Even-Handed In 'Faith-Based' Initiative, AU Charges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has criticized White House "Faith Czar" James Towey for suggesting that "fringe" religious groups won't get funding under the Bush administration's "faith-based" initiative.

During a Nov. 26 online "Ask the White House" question-and-answer session, Towey was asked about the possibility of Pagan groups getting tax funding to provide services to the poor and needy. Read more

Americans United Criticizes 'faith Czar' For Comments About 'fringe' Religions

Towey Remarks Show Bush Administration Does Not Intend To Be Even-Handed In 'Faith-Based' Initiative, AU Charges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has criticized White House "Faith Czar" James Towey for suggesting that "fringe" religious groups won't get funding under the Bush administration's "faith-based" initiative.

During a Nov. 26 online "Ask the White House" question-and-answer session, Towey was asked about the possibility of Pagan groups getting tax funding to provide services to the poor and needy. Read more

Americans United Hails Removal Of Alabama 'ten Commandments Judge'

Panel Votes Unanimously To Remove Renegade Alabama Jurist

Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomed today's unanimous vote by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary to remove state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, saying Moore's actions left the panel with no other choice.

"Moore flagrantly announced his intention to violate a federal court order, made a mockery of the legal system and created an unseemly media circus," said Lynn. "Today, he learned the results of that defiance. The Court of the Judiciary has served the cause of justice." Read more

Americans United Protests North Carolina School Official's Promotion Of Anti-gay Religious Event

School Superintendent Must Not Use Position To Promote Religion, Watchdog Group 's Letter States

A public school official in North Carolina violated the First Amendment when he encouraged his staff to attend a fundamentalist Christian presentation on homosexuality, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has said.

In a letter sent Nov. 10 to Don Martin, superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Americans United said the principle of church-state separation was compromised when Martin encouraged administrators and principals in the district to attend a presentation that said conversion to Christianity can turn gays into heterosexuals. Read more

Alabama 'commandments Judge' Roy Moore Goes On Trial Today

State Court Of The Judiciary Should Vote To Remove Moore From Office, Says Americans United

Alabama's Court of the Judiciary convenes today to decide the fate of state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Moore is on trial for defying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from display in the state Judicial Building earlier this year. Moore, who arranged to have the two-and-half-ton sculpture placed in the rotunda of the Montgomery, Ala., building, insisted that the court order requiring its removal was illegal.

State officials stepped in and had the monument removed; Moore was subsequently suspended from office. Read more

Alabama Attorney General Told Governor He Would Help Undermine Federal Courts, Affidavit Asserts

Document Adds To Evidence That William Pryor Does Not Deserve Seat On Federal Appeals Court, Says Americans United

Former Alabama Gov. Forrest H. "Fob" James has released an affidavit asserting that state Attorney General William Pryor agreed to help him defy the federal courts in a dispute over governmental display of the Ten Commandments.

The document, issued Oct. 24, is further evidence that Pryor holds extreme views and is unfit for a seat on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Senate Committee Approves Another Extreme Judge For Federal Appeals Court Seat, Says Americans United

AU's Lynn Urges Entire Senate To Defeat Nomination

The Bush administration's campaign to pack the federal courts with right-wing jurists moved forward today when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to a federal appeals court.

On a party-line vote, after an hour or so of debate, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of California Supreme Court Justice Brown. Brown is seeking a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Read more

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