Americans United Deplores Senate Approval Of Janice Rogers Brown Judicial Nomination

AU's Lynn Says Brown Is Unfit To Serve On Federal Appeals Court Bench

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today deplored the Senate's confirmation of Janice Rogers Brown to a seat on the federal appeals court bench.

After contentious debate, the Senate voted 56-43 late today to approve Brown's nomination for the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia.

Americans United had urged senators to reject Brown's nomination, citing the former California Supreme Court justice's contempt for the First Amendment principle of church-state separation.

Senate Should Reject Extreme Judicial Nominee

AU's Lynn Says Janice Rogers Brown Is Wrong Choice To Serve On Federal Appeals Court Bench

The Senate should reject Janice Rogers Brown, one of the Bush administration's most extreme nominees to the federal bench, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

A cloture vote on Brown's nomination is expected in the Senate today, with a floor vote likely to follow soon afterward. If Brown's nomination is approved, she will be sworn in to a lifetime appointment on one of the nation's most significant federal appeals courts, the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia.

Americans United Urges Senate To Reject Appeals Court Nomination Of William Pryor

Watchdog Group Says Judicial Nominee Is Deeply Hostile To First Amendment Principle Of Church-State Separation

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate to reject the nomination of William Pryor to the federal appeals court bench.

The Senate is reportedly nearing a cloture vote on former Alabama Attorney General Pryor, and a floor vote on the nominee is expected to follow shortly thereafter. The Bush administration is seeking to place Pryor on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Americans United Urges Texas Governor To Cancel Plan To Sign Bills In Fort Worth Church

Watchdog Group Says Use Of Church Facility For Partisan Politicking Could Jeopardize Congregation's Tax-Exempt Status

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged Texas Gov. Rick Perry to drop a plan to sign two controversial bills into law at a Fort Worth church.

In a letter to Perry (PDF) sent today, Americans United warned that the proposed event is a blatant example of exploiting a house of worship for partisan political purposes and could jeopardize the congregation's tax-exempt status.

Americans United Hails Unanimous Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Prisoners' Religious Freedom

Decision Upholds Federal Law Protecting Rights Of Minority Faiths, While Ensuring Prison Security, Says Church- State Watchdog Group

A unanimous Supreme Court ruling (PDF) handed down today is a welcome reaffirmation of religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The court upheld the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), a federal law that prohibits government from limiting prisoners' religious freedom without first showing a compelling reason. In the lawsuit, inmates from non-mainstream faiths challenged prison officials' refusal to accommodate their religious needs.

Religious Liberty Group Sues Fla. Public School District Over Graduation Ceremonies At Local Church

Students Should Not Be Forced To Attend A Graduation Ceremony Infused With Religious Elements, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked a federal court in Florida to block public high school graduation ceremonies from occurring in a church sanctuary that features a 25-foot cross.

In a lawsuit filed this morning in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Americans United asked the court to declare planned high school graduation ceremonies at a Melbourne mega-church a violation of the First Amendment and order them moved to a neutral location.

Americans United Urges Senate To Reject 'nuclear Option'

Majority Leader Frist, Religious Right Allies Want To Stack Courts With Extremist Judges, Watchdog Group Says

The U.S. Senate must reject Religious Right demands that it suspend filibuster rules and confirm judges who are outside the mainstream, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United says the Senate must resist efforts to stack the courts with judicial extremists. The filibuster, AU says, is an important tool to exclude judge nominees who do not have a proper judicial temperament.

Americans United Deplores Senate Judiciary Committee Vote In Favor Of Judge Nominee With Extreme Views

AU's Lynn Says Former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor Has Long Record Of Hostility For First Amendment

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee for moving another of the Bush administration's far-right judicial nominees closer to a lifetime appointment on the federal appeals court.

The administration is relentlessly pushing the nomination of former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Pryor has been blocked by filibuster in the Senate but was appointed to a temporary term by President George W. Bush. He was renominated earlier this year.

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