Americans United for Separation of Church and State today lauded the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that concluded states cannot be required to extend scholarship aid to college students training to become members of the clergy.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized President George W. Bush for endorsing a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, Bush asserted, "The union of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith....Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society."
Public schools may not pressure students to pledge belief in "one nation under God," Americans United for Separation of Church and State today told the U.S. Supreme Court.
Acting under a veto threat from the White House, the U.S. House of Representatives today voted for provisions in a social services bill that allow religiously based job discrimination in publicly funded programs run by churches.
Several representatives offered three amendments to the Community Services Block Grants Act (H.R. 3030) that would have required "faith-based" agencies that receive federal dollars to abide by civil rights laws and to ensure that their programs are run in a secular manner. Those amendments were defeated, in votes generally following party lines.
An effort by Georgia education officials to remove the word "evolution" from the state's public school science standards represents a cave-in to fundamentalist religious groups and will harm the education of young people in the state, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has charged.
A Senate panel has scheduled a hearing next week on a bill that would provide $10 million in federal assistance to restore mission churches in California.
The Senate gave in to the Bush administration and right-wing lobbyists today when it approved a wide-ranging spending bill that included the nation's first federally funded school voucher program, said Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on a House of Representatives subcommittee to drop an anti-gay religious activist from a list of witnesses scheduled to testify during an upcoming field hearing in Colorado Springs on the "faith-based" initiative.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized President George W. Bush's renewed call for congressional passage of his "faith-based" initiative, saying Bush had distorted the scope and effect of the proposal.
During his State of the Union address Jan. 20, Bush insisted that government is discriminating against religious groups and vowed to put a stop to that.
President George Bush's "faith-based" initiative rolls back vital civil rights protections, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Bush touted the plan Jan. 15 in New Orleans during a visit to Union Bethel AME Church, a predominantly African-American congregation.