Pennsylvania Parents File First-ever Challenge To 'intelligent Design' Instruction In Public Schools

'Intelligent Design' Is Religious Argument, Not Science, Say Parents

HARRISBURG, PA-The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of 11 parents who say that presenting "intelligent design" in public school science classrooms violates their religious liberty by promoting particular religious beliefs to their children under the guise of science education. Read more

Americans United Files Lawsuit To Block Federal Taxpayer Funding For California Missions

Government Assistance To Churches Is Unconstitutional, Watchdog Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a lawsuit in federal court to block taxpayer funding of mission churches in California.

The Americans United lawsuit targets a recently enacted piece of legislation, the California Missions Preservation Act, which provides $10 million in federal funds to "restore and repair" 21 mission churches, 19 of which are owned by the Roman Catholic Church and have active congregations. Read more

Taxpayer-funded Americorps Program Should Not Promote Religion, Watchdog Group Says

Americans United Urges Appellate Panel To Bar Religious Instruction By Program Participants

Teachers taking part in the taxpayer-funded AmeriCorps program should not be permitted to engage in religious instruction at sectarian schools, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has advised a federal appeals court.

The AmeriCorps program, run by the Corporation for National and Community Service, provides stipends called “national service education awards” to individuals for work at certain locations around the country. Read more

Americans United Deplores House Vote Funding California Missions

Church-State Watchdog Group Plans To Challenge Unconstitutional Religion Subsidy In Court

A bill providing public funds to refurbish California's mission churches violates the First Amendment and is certain to provoke a lawsuit, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Today the House of Representatives passed the California Missions Preservation Act (H.R. 1446), which provides $10 million to "restore and repair" 21 mission churches, 19 of which are owned by the Roman Catholic Church and have active congregations.

Americans United said the bill goes against basic constitutional principles. Read more

Florida School Voucher Program Is Unconstitutional, Says State Appeals Court

Church-State Separation Group Hails Third Straight Legal Defeat For Vouchers In Florida

A state appeals court has struck down Florida's voucher program, holding that it clearly violates a provision of the Florida Constitution by funneling tax money to religious schools.

The 1st District Court of Appeal, sitting as a full panel en banc, ruled Nov. 12 that Gov. Jeb Bush's Florida Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) fails to pass constitutional muster. Read more

New Falwell Group Just Another Fund-raising Vehicle For Extreme Television Preacher, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Organization Says America Does Not Need New Moral Majority

The Rev. Jerry Falwell has announced plans to launch a group he calls a "21st century resurrection of the Moral Majority," but Americans United for Separation of Church and State says the new organization is likely to be just another fund-raising gimmick for the intolerant TV preacher.

"Falwell keeps threatening to reanimate the Moral Majority," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Has he never seen an old horror movie? Every time they bring Frankenstein's monster back, it just gets worse." Read more

Bush Re-election Means More Attacks On Church-state Wall, Says Americans United

Culture War May 'Go Nuclear,' Says Watchdog Group

The re-election of President George W. Bush yesterday will spark more attempts to erode the wall of separation between church and state and will almost certainly increase the influence of the Religious Right, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Claims That Irs Has Banned Pro-bush Prayers In Churches Are False, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Condemns Religious Right Disinformation Campaign

Claims by the Religious Right that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a letter warning churches that praying for President George W. Bush's re-election is illegal are bogus and utterly without foundation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

A group called the Christian Defense Coalition claimed yesterday that the IRS had issued a letter warning churches not to pray for Bush's re-election. Such prayers, the IRS supposedly said, would be a violation of federal tax law. Read more

Churches Continue To Violate Federal Tax Law With Partisan Events, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Asks IRS To Investigate Pro-Kerry Rallies At Pennsylvania And Ohio Churches

As the campaign season winds down, some houses of worship continue to intervene in partisan politics in inappropriate and possibly illegal ways, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate events that appeared to be efforts to boost the candidacy of Sen. John F. Kerry at two churches in "swing states" on Oct. 24.

In Pennsylvania, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy spoke on Kerry's behalf at the Mount Airy Church of God in Christ in Philadelphia. Read more

Americans United Praises Federal Appeals Court Ruling Against Mandatory Funding Of Religious Education

Public Funds Should Not Be Used To Finance Religious Schooling, Group Says

A federal appeals court has rejected arguments that a Maine education law must be expanded to include funding for private religious schools.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State had filed a friend-of-the-court-brief with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, urging it to reject arguments that the U.S. Constitution requires Maine to fund private religious schools in the same manner it funds secular schools. Read more

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