Continued Display Of Nativity Scene Is Unconstitutional, Americans United Tells Green Bay Officials

Watchdog Group Urges Removal Of Religious Symbol From City Hall

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged officials in Green Bay, Wisc., to remove a nativity scene from government property.

The display, Americans United points out, amounts to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by government. Although officials in the city initially allowed other religious symbols to be displayed on an overhang of the city hall, they have since voted to allow only the nativity scene to remain with several council members expressing the belief that the city should be able to endorse the religious aspects of Christmas. Read more

Americans United Urges Government Officials To Remember Constitution When Erecting Holiday Displays

Church-State Watchdog Group Tells Local Officials That Christmas And The Constitution Can Co-Exist

Public officials should avoid using the holiday season to promote one religion over others, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Because of pressure from Religious Right groups and their allies, some communities nationwide are displaying religious symbols improperly at government buildings and other public property.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said that government officials can recognize the holiday season without trampling the U.S. Constitution. Read more

Americans United Protests South Carolina Ministry's Foot-washing Ritual At Public Schools

Religious Liberty Watchdog Group Objects To Baptist Program That Subjects Needy Students To Ritual Before Providing Them New Shoes

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged public school officials in South Carolina to discontinue a church-run program that subjects disadvantaged students to ritual foot-washing as part of a shoe giveaway.

In letters sent Dec. 10 to officials in Aiken and Edgefield Counties, Americans United objects to the “Laces4Love” ministry run by the First Baptist Church of North Augusta. The program provides new shoes to needy children but asks them to participate in the Christian rite of foot-washing. Read more

Americans United Warns Political Group In Alabama Not To Distribute Partisan Material In Churches

Plans For Pro-Clinton Sample Ballot Will Put Churches' Tax Exemption At Risk, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

An Alabama political group that has endorsed U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) for president should drop its plan to distribute Democratic Party sample ballots in churches, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn says the plan by the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) violates federal tax law. Read more

Americans United Urges Appeals Court To Uphold Colorado Bar On Aid To Religious Colleges

Civil Liberties Groups Argue That Colorado Is On Solid Ground In Denying Funding To Pervasively Sectarian Institutions

Civil Liberties Groups Argue That Colorado Is On Solid Ground In Denying Funding To Pervasively Sectarian Institutions

Colorado is not required by either the state or federal constitutions to provide public funding for tuition at pervasively sectarian colleges, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United joined with other civil liberties groups to argue that restrictions on state aid to religious institutions are constitutional. Read more

Romney Speech Reflects Inaccurate Understanding Of Church-state Relations, Says Americans United

Those Who Don't Follow Any Particular Religion Are Good Americans Too, Says AU's Lynn

Today’s speech by Mitt Romney on the role of religion in American politics reflects an inaccurate understanding of the constitutional relationship between church and state, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“I was disappointed in Romney’s statement,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “The founders of our Constitution meant for religion and government to be completely separate. Romney is wrong when he says we are in danger of taking separation too far or at risk of establishing a religion of secularism. Read more

Americans United Advises University Of Michigan Officials To Seek Alternatives To Muslim Footbaths

Religious Liberty Watchdog Group Asks School Officials To Reconsider Footbath Plan

Officials at the University of Michigan in Dearborn risk violating the Constitution if they proceed with plans to install special foot-washing stations for Muslim students in campus bathrooms, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a Dec. 4 letter to Daniel Little, chancellor of the university, Americans United attorneys warn that the university’s plans to build footbaths with university funds may lead to “unlawful fostering of religion.” Read more

IRS Should Investigate Falwell's Liberty University For Endorsement Of Mike Huckabee

Liberty Chancellor Used School Resources To Promote Presidential Candidate, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. violated federal tax law by using school resources to endorse Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the Internal Revenue Service today.

In a complaint filed with the federal tax agency, Americans United noted that Falwell hosted the candidate at Liberty University and then sent an email message on Liberty University letterhead endorsing Huckabee. Read more

Americans United Blasts Ouster Of Texas Educator For Supporting Sound Science

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls On Officials To Rehire Staffer Forced Out For Noting Lecture Criticizing 'Intelligent Design'

Officials with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) should rehire a science curriculum expert who was forced to resign after she notified people about a lecture critical of “intelligent design” (ID), says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Chris Comer, director of science curriculum, was pushed out after she circulated an e-mail mentioning that a leading scholarly critic of ID, the latest variant of creationism, would be speaking in Texas. Comer sent a notice about the talk as an “FYI.” Read more

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