Bush Nominee For High Court Is Deeply Troubling, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Alito Is Religious Right Favorite

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed strong concern over President George W. Bush’s nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Alito, a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1990, is a favorite of Religious Right leaders who have pressured Bush to select a high court nominee who meets their litmus tests on constitutional issues. 

Miers Withdraws As Supreme Court Nominee Under Pressure From Religious Right

President Bush Must Resist Right-Wing Demands To Pick Nominee Who Opposes Individual Freedom, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on President George W. Bush to select a Supreme Court nominee who is committed to individual rights, despite Religious Right pressure to do otherwise.

Florida School Board Settles Lawsuit Over Graduation Ceremonies At Church

Americans United Commends School Officials For Agreeing To Conduct Commencements In Religiously Neutral Settings

A Florida public school board has agreed to stop conducting graduation ceremonies in overtly religious settings, settling a lawsuit filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Brevard County School Board voted unanimously Oct. 25 to settle a federal lawsuit over the district’s use of Calvary Chapel in Melbourne for several high school graduation ceremonies.

Americans United sued the board earlier this year on behalf of some Brevard County parents who objected to use of the church sanctuary, which is dominated by a large cross.

Americans United Opposes Senate Plan To Give Voucher Aid To Religious Schools

$2.4-Billion Katrina Proposal Forces Taxpayers To Subsidize Religion, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

A hurricane-relief bill introduced in the Senate today would divert massive public funding to religious schools and should be rejected, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United Raps Florida Governor For Contest Promoting Religious Book

AU's Lynn Says Bush Should Open Constitutionally Suspect Contest To Non-Religious Books

In a letter today to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Americans United for Separation of Church and State called a state-sponsored contest promoting a religious book constitutionally problematic.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said Bush’s “Just Read, Florida!” contest employs government channels to encourage state students to read C.S. Lewis’ Christian allegory, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Air Force Should Settle Lawsuit Over Chaplain Proselytizing, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Air Force Must Stop Promoting Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the U.S. Air Force to settle a lawsuit brought by an Albuquerque man who has exposed inappropriate religious proselytizing at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Mikey Weinstein filed suit last month to demand that the Air Force reject an informal policy that allows chaplains to evangelize service personnel who are not members of any faith community.

White House Promotion Of Court Nominee Miers' Religion Is Appalling, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Rebukes Bush For Hypocrisy Over Religion Issue

The Bush administration’s efforts to promote Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers by highlighting her evangelical Christianity is an appalling and hypocritical use of religion, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, “We’re picking a Supreme Court justice here, not a Sunday school teacher. President Bush and his allies should be talking about Miers’ knowledge of the Constitution, not the Bible.”

Americans United Urges Senate To Closely Examine Miers' Views On Church And State

Watchdog Group Says Judiciary Committee Has Obligation To Learn Supreme Court Nominee's Stance On Religious Liberty

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to closely examine Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers to determine her stance on religious liberty.

“It is vital for the senators to determine Miers’ understanding of the First Amendment,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Miers has never been a judge, and it is imperative that the judiciary committee uncover her judicial philosophy and her views on the relationship between religion and government.”

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