Americans United Applauds Settlement Of Georgia Lawsuit Over Evolution Disclaimer

AU's Lynn Commends Cobb County School Board For Supporting Sound Science Education

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today lauded a Georgia public school board’s decision to drop its defense of anti-evolution disclaimers for science textbooks.

The Cobb County School Board has agreed to settle the long-running legal fracas over its 2002 decision to place anti-evolution stickers in high school biology textbooks. Read more

Supreme Court Accepts Case Dealing With Taxpayer Challenge To Bush 'faith-based' Office

Case Deals With Narrow, But Important, Church-State Issue, Says Americans United's Lynn

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to decide whether taxpayers may challenge the Bush administration’s use of general appropriations to promote its “faith-based” agenda.

In 2005, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that three Wisconsin taxpayers had legal standing to challenge President George W. Bush’s creation of a White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and other promotion of his faith-based initiative. Read more

Supreme Court Action Today Yet Another Blow To Private School Voucher Movement, Says Americans United

High Court Refuses Maine Case That Sought To Force Private School Aid

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today applauded the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an appeal of a case from Maine that sought to force local education officials to provide tax support for private religious schools.

Without comment, the high court today declined to hear the case Anderson v. Durham School Department. Read more

Americans United Files Litigation Challenging Veterans Administration Bias Against Wiccans

Combat Veterans' Widows, Other Wiccans Join Legal Action Seeking VA Approval Of Faith's Symbol For Military Memorial Markers

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed litigation against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over its refusal to include the Wiccan symbol of faith on its official list of emblems for government headstones and markers. Read more

Religious Right Effort To Build Church-based Political Machine Failed, Says Americans United

AU's Lynn Notes Defeat Of Several Candidates Aligned With Religious Right

Last night’s election results show that the Religious Right failed in its effort to build a church-based political machine on behalf of preferred candidates, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“The Religious Right threw everything it had into this election and still came up short,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Its campaign to politicize churches and demonize its opponents has failed.” Read more

Americans United Urges Irs To Investigate Four Churches For Political Intervention

Houses Of Worship Must Abide By Federal Tax Law, Says Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate four houses of worship for intervention in partisan politics.

Americans United said that most houses of worship appear to be following the law, but a few seem unwilling to do so. The four complaints to the IRS two involving Democrats and two involving Republicans come just one day before the national mid-term elections. Read more

Haggard Scandal Is Latest Setback In Tough Year For Religious Right, Says Americans United

Religious Right Leaders Ought To Focus On Their Own Family Before They Try To Fix Everybody Else's, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State issued the following statement regarding today's revelations about the conduct of the Rev. Ted Haggard, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Read more

Churches Should Reject Religious Right's Biased Voter Guides, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Reminds Churches That Distributing Partisan Election Materials Can Result In Loss Of Tax Exemption

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today advised houses of worship to be extremely wary of supposedly “non-partisan” Religious Right voter guides, many of which are being issued this week just before the mid-term elections. Read more

Justice Department Yanks Proposal For 'single-faith' Prison Ministry After Complaint From Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Constitution Forbids Use Of Public Funds For Religious Indoctrination Or Coercion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today lauded the U.S. Justice Department’s cancellation of a proposal for “single-faith” prison programs.

Earlier this year, the Justice Department said it was seeking prison rehabilitation programs for six federal prisons intended to “facilitate personal transformation of the participating inmates through their own spirituality and faith.” The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ solicitation for the programs also stated it would ask potential bidders how their approach would “foster growth” of inmates’ “spiritual development.” Read more

Kuo Charges Of Politicization Of 'faith-based' Initiative Is Supported By Americans United Research

AU Director's New Book, Piety & Politics, Details Effort By White House Office To Use Initiative For Partisan Purposes

A key assertion by former White House staffer David Kuo — his claim that the “faith-based” initiative was used for partisan purposes — is supported by information in Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn’s new book Piety & Politics: The Right-Wing Assault on Religious Freedom. Read more

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