The U.S. Senate today blocked a vote on the nomination of Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor to a federal appeals court.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has decried attacks on the organization last night and this morning by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on the floor of the Senate.
In an effort to shore up flagging support for federal appeals court nominee William Pryor, Hatch last night accused Americans United of hypocrisy.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today denounced a House vote intended to bar enforcement of a federal court decision striking down display of the Ten Commandments in an Alabama courthouse.
Americans United said the July 23 vote by the U.S. House of Representatives is an act of political grandstanding that would never survive court review.
After weeks of behind-the-scenes wrangling, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved a bill that would radically change the way Head Start programs are administrated and allow for religiously based job bias.
By a 217-216 vote in the early morning hours of July 25, the House passed H.R.2210 after rejecting an attempt to remove a controversial provision that permits religious groups operating Head Start centers to hire people based on their religion.
A Washington city's display of a large granite Ten Commandments monument violates the constitutional separation of church and state, according to a lawsuit filed today.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has sued the city of Everett, Wash., in federal court, seeking a declaration that the Ten Commandments monument, which sits in front of the city's police station, subverts the First Amendment principle of church-state separation, as well as the Washington State Constitution. The case was filed on behalf of Everett resident Jesse Card.
Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor's nomination to a lifetime seat on the federal appeals court was narrowly approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State deplored the Senate committee's 10-9 party-line approval of Pryor and urged the entire Senate to reject his nomination to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 11th Circuit hears federal appeals from Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore announced today that he would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the display of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building is unconstitutional.
A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit ruled in early July that the display violated the separation of church and state and would have to be removed. Instead of asking the entire 11th Circuit to review and reverse the three-judge panel's ruling, Moore has opted for a direct appeal of the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Constitution does not require the state of Washington to give tuition aid to a ministerial student, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the Supreme Court.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed July 17, Americans United and allied organizations assert that a state law and provisions in the Washington State Constitution barring the use of public funds for religious instruction are permissible to ensure the separation of church and state. The nation's founders, notes AU, repeatedly rejected the use of tax money to pay for religion.
Congressional lawmakers this week postponed votes on several contentious church-state issues, providing more time for citizens to add their voices to the simmering battles, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The delays prevented Congress from advancing action on a D.C. voucher bill that funds religious schools, a Head Start revision that would allow publicly funded religious discrimination and a federal appeals court nominee who opposes church-state separation.
Spurred by pressure from the White House, lawmakers in the House of Representatives are on the verge of voting on a troubling revamp of Head Start that allows hiring discrimination by religious providers.
A vote on "The School Readiness Act of 2003" (H.R. 2210) is expected on the House floor this week.