Americans United Criticizes Senate Confirmation Of John G. Roberts

Church-State Watchdog Group Expresses Concern About New Chief Justice's Stance On Religious Liberty

Americans United for Separation of Church and State expressed disappointment in the Senate’s confirmation of John G. Roberts, Jr., to be the 17th chief justice of the United States.

Voting 78 to 22, the Senate today confirmed Roberts’ nomination.

Americans United had urged senators to defeat the nomination, citing Roberts’ hostile record toward the First Amendment principle of church-state separation.

Americans United Criticizes Lack Of Accountability In Fema Funding Of Religious Groups

Hurricane Victims Should Not Be Subjected To Unwanted Proselytism By Government-Funded Church Groups, Says Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today sharply criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for its plan to fund hurricane relief efforts by churches without adequate accountability and safeguards to protect the evacuees.

House Vote Allowing Religious Discrimination In Head Start Hiring Is Shameful, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls On Senate To Reject 'Faith-Based' Job Bias In Publicly Funded Program

The House of Representatives today voted 220-196 to allow religious discrimination in hiring for Head Start programs, a move Americans United for Separation of Church and State calls a serious blow to religious liberty and civil rights.

“This is a shameful vote,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Publicly funded programs ought to hire the best qualified applicant. I am outraged that House members have inserted religious discrimination into a program like Head Start.”

Americans United Deplores Senate Judiciary Committee Vote In Favor Of John Roberts

Full Senate Should Reject Chief Justice Nominee, Says Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today sharply criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee for its vote to confirm Judge John G. Roberts as the next chief justice.

“America deserves a chief justice who understands and appreciates the religious diversity of the country, a chief justice who realizes that separation of church and state is the basis for our religious freedom,” said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.  “That’s not John Roberts. He’s the wrong candidate for the job.”

Americans United Reaffirms Opposition To Roberts Nomination On Eve Of Judiciary Committee Vote

Chief Justice Nominee's Statements On Church And State During Hearings Were Unpersuasive, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today reaffirmed its opposition to Supreme Court chief justice nominee John G. Roberts, saying the organization’s concerns were not allayed by the recently concluded Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.

“Nothing I heard persuades me that Roberts has an adequate commitment to defending the religious liberty of all Americans,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.

Keep Head Start Free Of Religious Discrimination, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Deplores Effort To Undercut Popular Program With Discriminatory 'Faith-Based' Amendment

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced strong opposition to a congressional proposal to allow Head Start providers to discriminate on the basis of religion when hiring staff.

Federal Court Ruling On 'under God' In Pledge Shows Respect For Religious Diversity, Says Americans United

Public Schools Should Not Require Students To Affirm Belief In God In Order To Express Patriotism, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

A federal district court decision against use of “under God” in public school recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance shows respect for religious diversity, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled today in Sacramento, Calif., that public school sponsorship of the Pledge violates students’ right to be “free from a coercive requirement to affirm God.”

Roberts Is Wrong Choice For Chief Justice, Says Americans United

Head Of Judicial Branch Of Government Should Not Be An Ideologue, Watchdog Group Asserts

John G. Roberts is the wrong candidate to replace William H. Rehnquist as chief justice, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

President George W. Bush has announced Roberts’ nomination to the nation’s top judicial slot. Americans United, which opposed Roberts’ nomination to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, says his proposed elevation to chief justice raises the stakes.

Americans United Joins Coalition Effort To Urge Senate Defeat Of Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Nominee Insensitive To Minority Religious Freedom Rights

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today joined a coalition of civil rights and civil liberties organizations to urge the Senate not to confirm Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.

Roberts, Americans United asserts, has advocated overturning decades of settled church-state law. The organization says his legal philosophy would allow majority rule on issues like prayer in public schools, thus trampling the rights of religious minority groups.

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