U.s. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Appeal Of 'ten Commandments Judge' Roy Moore

Action Ends Long-Running Case With Victory For Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to revive Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's legal effort to display the Ten Commandments in the state Judicial Building in Montgomery.

The high court's refusal to hear the Moore v. Glassroth case means that the legal controversy is over and that Moore has lost his final appeal. The two-and-a-half-ton religious monument will not be returned to public display at the state courthouse.

Bush Pushes 'faith-based' Initiative At Texas Church That Takes No Federal Funds

President Picked Wrong Church For Photo Op, Says AU's Lynn

President George W. Bush has chosen the wrong church to promote his "faith-based" initiative, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Bush is scheduled to appear today at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, a large congregation in Dallas, Texas. The occasion is the dedication of a $23-million education and recreation center at the church that will house Operation Turnaround, a program that offers job training, job placement, literacy classes and other social services.

Senate Panel Should Reject Janice Rogers Brown For U.s. Appeals Court Seat, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Nominee's Views On Religious Liberty Are Extreme

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown to a federal appeals court, saying her views on religious liberty are extreme.

President George W. Bush has nominated Brown for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She is already being talked about as a candidate for the Supreme Court, should openings occur during a second Bush term.

Church-state Watchdog Group Urges Rumsfeld To Fire Controversial General

Official Who Says U.S. Is Engaged In Holy War Against Satan Shouldn't Be Making Policy, Charges AU's Lynn

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld should fire a top-ranking Pentagon official who has repeatedly told evangelical Christian audiences that the U.S. struggle against terrorism is a religious conflict against Satan, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Gen. William G. Boykin, who recently was named deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, said the United States is being attacked because we are a Christian nation, insisted that Muslims worship idols and said the real enemy of America is not Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein but Satan.

Church-state Watchdog Group Objects To Orlando Prayer Policy

Group Asks City Council To Stop Religious Practice At Public Meetings

Officials of the Orlando City Council should stop blatantly flouting the First Amendment by opening their public meetings with Christian prayer says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Illinois City Chaplaincy Program Violates Church-state Separation, Says Americans United

Government May Not Promote Religion, Watchdog Group Says

A proposed city-sponsored chaplaincy program in Harvey, Ill., is unconstitutional and should be dropped, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Municipal officials announced recently that the city will appoint at least six chaplains to act as liaisons between the police and members of the community. According to news accounts, the chaplains will open city meetings with prayers, offer comfort to crime victims and remind Harvey residents of "life's true meaning."

Americans United Blasts U.s. House For Approving Religious School Vouchers In D.c.

Watchdog Group Calls On Senate To Reject Effort To Subsidize Religious Education With Tax Funds

The U.S. House of Representatives by a one-vote margin last night approved a school voucher plan for the District of Columbia, a move Americans United for Separation of Church and State has condemned as reckless and dangerous.

The plan, enthusiastically backed by the Bush administration, would allocate $10 million in federal funds over five years to pay for tuition for an estimated 1,300 students to attend religious and other private schools.

School Voucher Bills Moving In Congress

House And Senate Face Votes On Plans To Fund Religious Schools In D.C.

Legislative proposals to give taxpayer funding to religious schools in Washington, D.C., are moving in Congress.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 15-13 (with one senator voting "present") today to approve a $13-million voucher plan for the District of Columbia. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a separate voucher proposal.