Supreme Court To Hear Oral Arguments In Ten Commandments Cases Wednesday

Americans United Urges High Court To Strike Down Government-Sponsored Religious Displays

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear oral arguments in two closely watched cases dealing with government display of the Ten Commandments.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged the justices to declare government promotion of religion unconstitutional.

House Bill Advances 'faith-based' Job Discrimination, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Opposes Federal Job Training Bill That Allows Hiring Bias By Publicly Funded Religious Groups

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged a House committee to reject an unwise bill that would repeal long-standing civil rights safeguards designed to protect workers against religious discrimination in federally funded job training programs.

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce is set to consider the Job Training Improvement Act today. A provision in that measure, H.R. 27, would allow federal funds to be used by "faith-based" agencies that discriminate in hiring based on religion.

Bush Again Nominates Pryor, Brown For Federal Courts

Americans United Criticizes President's Efforts To Radically Re-Make the Federal Bench

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today blasted the Bush administration's stubbornness for re-submitting two federal court nominees - William Pryor and Janice Rogers Brown - who harbor extreme views on religious liberty.

President George W. Bush yesterday re-submitted the nominations of 12 judges, two of whom Americans United, has urged the Senate to defeat. Twice the Senate has blocked the nomination of former Alabama Attorney General Pryor to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Virginia House Passes Amendment Erasing Church-state Protections In State Constitution

Watchdog Group Says Measure Threatens Religious Liberty Legacy

The Virginia House of Delegates has approved a sweeping amendment that would erase church-state protections from the state constitution and allow officially sanctioned prayer in the public schools.

The bill, HJ 537, proposes an amendment to the state's constitution that would "permit the exercise of religious expression, including prayer and 'religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions' on public property, including public schools...."

Americans United Lauds Derailment Of Church Property Bill In Virginia

Measure Would Have Meddled In Episcopal Church Dispute Over Gay Bishop, Violating First Amendment, Says AU

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today hailed the shelving of a Virginia bill aimed at allowing congregations that split from their denominations to keep church property.

The proposed bill, SB 1305, was apparently drafted to help Episcopal congregations angered at the diocese's support for the 2003 consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson, the world's first openly gay bishop. A few Episcopal congregations unhappy with Robinson's consecration are reportedly considering leaving the denomination.

'faith-based' Fight Set To Resume In Congress

Americans United Opposes Federal Job Training Bill That Allows Hiring Bias By Publicly Funded Religious Groups

A House panel is ready to take up an unwise bill that would repeal long-standing civil rights safeguards designed to protect workers against religious discrimination in federally funded job training programs, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Bush's Renewed Call For Marriage Amendment Kowtows To Religious Right

State-Of-The-Union Endorsement Is Sop To Extremists Who Want To Merge Religion And Government, Says AU's Lynn

After dismissing the likelihood of Senate passage of a Federal Marriage Amendment, President George W. Bush is suddenly promoting the idea again.

The about-face shows the continuing influence of the Religious Right on the White House, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Political Leaders Should Resist Pressure To Take Up Preaching, Says Church-state Expert

Trend Toward Religious Rhetoric In Politics Undercuts Constitution, Could Divide America, Says The Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Political leaders should resist pressure from religious leaders to turn public policy debate into an exercise in theology, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"These are dangerous times for the First Amendment principle of church-state separation," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. "Religious advocates of all stripes are applying all kinds of pressure on politicians to start passing laws based on their interpretation of the Bible.

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