Americans United Criticizes Senate Panel For Approving Extreme Judge Nominee

AU's Lynn Urges Full Senate To Block Nomination Of Janice Rogers Brown

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State today criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee for advancing the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown, one of the Bush administration's most extreme federal appeals court nominees.

Senate Panel Should Reject Nomination Of Janice Rogers Brown, Says Americans United

Nominee Holds Extreme Views On Religious Liberty, Watchdog Group Asserts

The Senate Judiciary Committee should reject the nomination of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown to a federal appeals court because her views on religious liberty are too extreme, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

President George W. Bush has nominated Brown for a seat on the Federal Appeals Court for the District of Columbia. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to take up the Brown nomination for a vote on Thursday.

Ruling On Prayers At Board Meetings Upholds Discrimination Against Minorities, Says Au

Appeals Court Decision Is Threat To America's Growing Religious Diversity, Says Americans United's Lynn

A federal appeals court today issued a flawed decision upholding selective prayers before county board meetings, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that prayers before a Virginia county board of supervisors do not violate the First Amendment. The court cited the Supreme Court's 1983 ruling in Marsh v. Chambers, where the justices ruled that nonsectarian prayers before the Nebraska legislature were permissible.

Marriage Amendment Is Threat To First Amendment, Says Americans United

Senate Panel To Hear Testimony From Social Conservatives Calling For Anti-Gay Marriage Scheme

Congress should stop bowing to the Religious Right by holding hearings on same-sex marriage, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights will conduct a hearing today to examine a proposed amendment to the Constitution limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

Americans United Blasts Congressional Leaders' Promise To Push Religious Right Agenda

In Closed-Door Briefings, Frist, DeLay Cement Ties With Religious Right On Schiavo Case, Judges, Abortion, Marriage, Church Politicking, Ethics Complaints

Top congressional leaders have promised to push the Religious Right agenda on judicial nominations, church politicking, abortion, marriage and the Terri Schiavo case, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United today released audiotapes of closed-door addresses by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to a Family Research Council (FRC) gathering March 17-18 at Washington, D.C.'s Willard Hotel. The pair talked about a range of political issues, using the Schiavo case as a springboard.

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Case Challenging Federal Religious Freedom Law

Americans United Urges Justices To Uphold Religious Liberty Measure

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case testing the constitutionality of a federal law that requires prisons to respect the religious liberty rights of inmates, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United has urged the justices to uphold the law, called the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), as a constitutionally sound way to ensure religious liberty.

Americans United Criticizes House Approval Of 'faith-based' Job Bias

House-Passed Bill Would Allow Religious Discrimination In Federal Job-Training Programs

Americans United for Separation of Church and State says the House of Representatives was wrong to approve a job-training bill that would allow publicly funded religious agencies to hire and fire workers based on their religious beliefs.

Americans United had urged the House to reject the Job Training Improvement Act unless it was amended to ensure that workers could not be discriminated against on religious grounds in federally supported social service programs.

U.s. House Should Drop 'faith-based' Bias From Job Training Bill, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges Respect For Civil Rights, Civil Liberties In Publicly Funded Programs

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is urging federal lawmakers to restore civil rights protections to a jobs training bill.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on the Job Training Improvement Act, which includes a provision rolling back existing civil rights protections and allowing "faith-based" groups, for the first time, to engage in government-funded religious discrimination in jobs funded through the program.

H.R. 27 is the first showdown this Congress over President George W. Bush's controversial "faith-based" initiative.