Americans United Hails Federal Court Ruling Against 'intelligent Design' In Public Schools

Sweeping Decision Should Bring Latest Creationist Crusade To A Halt, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

Today’s federal court decision against the teaching of “intelligent design” in Dover, Pa., is a significant blow to Religious Right-led efforts to sneak fundamentalist dogma into public schools under the guise of science, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ruled that the Dover School Board violated the separation of church and state when it voted to introduce intelligent design into science classes by requiring students to listen to a disclaimer critical of evolution. Read more

Religious Right's Claims Of A 'war On Christmas' Thinner Than Cheap Wrapping Paper, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Says Examples Of Hostility Toward Christmas Melt Under Scrutiny

Religious Right groups and their allies in the right-wing media insist that a “war on Christmas” is under way in America but a new analysis of alleged examples of bias against Christmas shows more hype than hard facts, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Americans United Report Says Supreme Court Nominee Is Threat To Church-state Separation

Religious Liberty Watchdog Group Calls On Senate To Reject Alito

Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. harbors a narrow view of religious liberty and would likely join the Supreme Court’s most conservative members in dismantling the wall separating religion and government, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a 22-page report issued today, Americans United detailed Alito’s troubling legal record on church-state issues and called on the Senate to reject his nomination. Read more

Have President Bush, First Lady And Republican National Committee Joined 'war On Christmas'?

Americans United Asks Jerry Falwell Why He Hasn't Objected To White House's Holiday Greetings

The Rev. Jerry Falwell and his Religious Right cohorts have been complaining for weeks now about government agencies and store clerks saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” but it looks like Falwell forgot to tell President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and the Republican National Committee about the preferred religiously correct greeting.

The White House’s 2005 holiday card is just out, and it doesn’t mention the word “Christmas” once. Read more

Workplace Religious Freedom Act In Need Of Revision, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Urges Congress To Rewrite Bill To Avoid Constitutional Pitfalls

A proposed federal law intended to protect workers’ religious rights needs to be revised so that it does not end up infringing on the rights of others, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Federal Marriage Amendment Is Threat To Religious Liberty, Says Americans United

AU's Lynn Urges Congressional Panel To Reject Constitutional Change Fueled By The Religious Right

A U.S. Senate panel should reject a Religious Right-driven attempt to amend the Constitution to bar same-sex marriage, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

On Nov. 9, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights will once again consider a proposed amendment to the Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriages throughout the country. Read more

Americans United Issues Statement On Irs Enforcement Of Federal Tax Law Ban On Church Electioneering

IRS Must Ensure Impartiality, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today issued the following statement regarding Internal Revenue Service enforcement of the federal tax law ban on electioneering by houses of worship.

Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, “Federal tax law forbids churches and other non-profit institutions to endorse or oppose candidates for public office. Intervention by churches in elections, either directly or indirectly, is a violation of the IRS Code. However, houses of worship are perfectly free to speak out on public issues, and many do so. Read more

Air Force Should Ban Official Promotion Of Religion, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Urges Military Branch To Reject Religious Right Overtures

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged the Air Force to adopt guidelines that bar the official sponsorship of religion and coercive forms of proselytization by senior officers and chaplains.

Attorneys with Americans United were invited to comment on proposed guidelines on religious activity by Air Force officials. In a seven-page letter delivered Nov. 2, AU Legal Director Ayesha Khan and Assistant Legal Director Richard Katskee outline a series of recommendations to strengthen and clarify the guidelines. Read more

Clergy Can't Ban Electioneering At Church Polling Place, Americans United Tells Texas Elections Official

Baptist Minister Barred Opponent Of Marriage Amendment From Distributing Literature At Church Polling Place

Texas election officials may not locate a polling place on church property and then allow clergy to control the political activities that take place there, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

A Dallas County man says a minister with the Northway Baptist Church prohibited the placement of signs on church property opposing Proposition 2, a referendum proposal that bars same-sex marriage in Texas. The minister also reportedly ordered the man to remove his car from the church parking lot because the vehicle displayed a sign opposing the referendum. Read more

Americans United Urges High Court To Protect Free Exercise Of Religion In Hoasca Tea Case

Federal Law Requires Government To Show Specific Evidence Of Serious Harm Before Interfering With Religious Practice, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to require government officials to show specific evidence of serious harm to society before interfering with religious freedom.

Today the high court will hear arguments in a case involving application of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which bars the government from “substantially” burdening the free exercise of religion, unless it can prove a “compelling” interest in doing so. Read more

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