O'connor Was Swing Vote On High Court, Replacement Must Respect Individual Freedom, Says Americans United

Justice Followed Centrist Tendencies On Church And State, AU's Lynn Notes

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation is likely to have a dramatic effect on the future direction of the Supreme Court and her replacement must be a strong supporter of the Bill of Rights, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"Justice O'Connor was a key swing vote on church and state and many other social issues," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. "We must insist that President Bush replace her with a nominee who respects individual freedom.

Americans United Blasts Istook 'religious Freedom' Amendment

Constitutional Scheme Would Undercut Individual Freedom, Invite Majority Rule On Religion, Says Americans United's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged Congress to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow officially sanctioned prayer in public schools, display of religious symbols at public buildings and other governmental promotions of religion.

Supreme Court Rules On Ten Commandments

High Court Rejects Religious Right Demands To Scuttle Church-State Safeguards

Americans United for Separation of Church and State says today's Supreme Court decisions on display of religious symbols by government reaffirms the important principle that the state may not promote religion.

"This is a mixed verdict, but on balance it's a win for separation of religion and government," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. "The court rejected calls by Religious Right legal groups to give government an unfettered right to display religious symbols. The justices wisely refused to jettison long-standing church-state safeguards."

Americans United Welcomes Air Force Report On Religious Atmosphere At Academy

Air Force Officials Must Follow Up To Ensure Climate Is Changed At Military Institution, AU's Lynn Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today welcomed a U.S. Air Force task force report addressing religious bias at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs as an important first step toward resolving the problem - but the group says more work needs to be done.

Americans United Blasts House Vote Approving Flag Desecration Amendment

AU's Lynn Says Proposed Amendment Elevates Flag To A Sacred Symbol

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today deplored the House of Representatives for approving a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw desecration of the American flag.

This afternoon, after several hours of debate, the House voted 286 - 130 in favor of H.J. Res.10, which proposes an amendment to the Constitution allowing Congress “to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”

“Today’s vote shows it’s the Constitution, not the flag that’s in danger,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.

House Retreats On Stopping Religious Bias At Air Force Academy

AU's Lynn Calls Members' Actions 'Appalling' and Debate 'Ugly'

Americans United deplored the House of Representatives’ vote to yank a provision from the Defense appropriations bill urging military officials to correct religious intolerance at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

After contentious debate, the House voted 210-198 yesterday evening to strip the provision from the $408.9 billion defense spending bill that criticized the Academy for allowing, “coercive and abusive religious proselytizing.” 

Schiavo Autopsy Report Exposes Lies Of Religious Right, Says Americans United

Florida Woman Had No Hope Of Recovery, Report Says

Results of an autopsy on Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman whose tragic condition sparked unprecedented governmental intervention by fundamentalist groups and their politician allies, debunk Religious Right claims by proving that her condition was irreversible.

In the weeks leading up to Schiavo's death, several Religious Right groups asserted that she could recover from the persistent vegetative state she had been in for 15 years. They claimed that Schiavo was responsive to her parents and insisted that removing her feeding tube would be murder.

Americans United Urges House Not To Retreat In Combatting Religious Bias At Air Force Academy

Watchdog Group Says House Should Keep Rep. Obey's Defense Bill Amendment Addressing Coercive Proselytizing At Academy

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the House of Representatives not to weaken a provision in a defense appropriations bill that requires corrective action on religious bias at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Last week, U.S. Rep. David Obey (D-Wisc.) inserted an amendment to the spending bill criticizing "coercive and abusive religious proselytizing" at the Academy and requiring the Air Force to submit a plan to Congress to correct the problems.

Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court To Uphold Ban On Evolution Disclaimers In Georgia

Cobb County Textbook Stickers Critical Of Evolution Are Designed To Advance Religion, Watchdog Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to reject a religiously motivated move to undercut the teaching of evolution in Cobb County, Ga., public schools.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the Cobb County School District v. Selman case today, Americans United advised the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the disclaimers pasted into science textbooks were included at the behest of fundamentalists who oppose evolution and want the public school curriculum to reflect their religious views.

Americans United Blasts Senate Approval Of Judicial Nominee William Pryor

Religious Liberty Watchdog Group Says Pryor Is Gift To Religious Right Activists

The Bush administration's crusade to pack the federal courts with extremists scored another victory today with the Senate's confirmation of William Pryor, said Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Quickly following Janice Rogers Brown's confirmation, the Senate late today voted 53-45 to approve the former Alabama attorney general for a lifetime appointment on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.