Dispute Over Bible Display At Texas Courthouse Comes To An End At Supreme Court

High Court Refuses To Re-open Religious Symbol Case

A dispute over the display of an open Bible at a Texas courthouse came to an end today when the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the case.

The legal battle centered over a display in front of the Harris County Courthouse. Originally erected in 1956 by a Christian charity to honor William S. Mosher, a Houston businessman and philanthropist, the memorial is a glass-topped case housing an open Bible lighted by neon.

Americans United Applauds Utah Vote Rejecting Private School Voucher Scheme

Vote In Solidly 'Red' State Underscores Unpopularity Of Religious School Aid, Says Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has hailed a vote by Utah residents, who yesterday rejected a private school voucher plan at the ballot box.

Utahns voted 60-40 percent to nullify a sweeping voucher plan passed by the legislature earlier this year. The vote, said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn, is another reminder of how unpopular voucher plans are.

“States don’t come any redder than Utah,” Lynn noted, “yet voters were quick to shoot down this misguided plan. Lawmakers in other states need to sit up and take notice.”

Religious Right Seeks To Muscle Gop During 'values Voter Summit'

Conference Is Designed To Win Submission From Republican Candidates, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

A collection of major Religious Right groups is seeking to flex some muscle this weekend, screening Republican presidential hopefuls and demanding they show fealty to the fundamentalist political agenda.

The so-called “Values Voter Summit” in Washington, D.C., is sponsored by the Family Research Council Action, Focus on the Family Action, the Alliance Defense Fund, American Family Association Action and Gary Bauer’s American Values group. Every major GOP presidential hopeful is slated to appear.

Earmark Promoting Creationism In Louisiana To Be Removed From Federal Appropriations Bill

Americans United Hails Decision To Remove Controversial Provision

A controversial provision that would have steered $100,000 in federal funds to a creationist group in Louisiana will be removed from a federal appropriations bill.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) inserted the earmark into the Appropriations Committee’s report on a bill allocating money for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Vitter wanted to designate the funds to a Religious Right group called the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) “to develop a plan to promote better science education.”

Groups Ask Senate To Remove Earmark Promoting Creationism From Spending Bill

Coalition Of Educational, Scientific and Religious Organizations Says Vitter Allocation Is Unconstitutional

More than 30 organizations have joined forces to urge the U.S. Senate to remove a provision from an appropriations bill that directs tax money to a Louisiana group that promotes creationism.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) inserted the earmark into the Appropriations Committee’s report on a bill allocating money for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Vitter wants to designate $100,000 to the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) “to develop a plan to promote better science education.”

Americans United Opposes Sectarian Prayers To Open Pennsylvania Senate

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges Senate To Drop Prayers Or At Least Make Them Non-Sectarian

The Pennsylvania Senate should stop using sectarian prayers to open its deliberations, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a letter sent to Senate officials Oct. 10, attorneys with Americans United note that Senate proceedings frequently begin with prayers that include sectarian language, such as references to Jesus Christ. AU says government endorsement of one religion over others is unconstitutional and asks that it be dropped.

Federal Appeals Court To Hear Arguments In Key Case Challenging Coach Involvement In School Prayer

N.J. Case Will Be Argued Wednesday, Oct. 3, At Federal Courthouse In Philadelphia

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia will hear oral arguments on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in an important case challenging a public school football coach’s involvement in prayer with his team.

At issue before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Borden v. School District of the Township of East Brunswick is whether New Jersey high school football coach Marcus Borden has the right to encourage or promote prayer among members of his team.

Americans United Warns New Jersey Fire Department To Stop Using Trucks To Transport Religious Statue

Department's Decision To Haul Depiction Of Virgin Mary Violates Church-State Separation, Says Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a New Jersey fire department to stop transporting a nine-foot-tall statue of the Virgin Mary to area churches.

Americans United received complaints after media accounts detailed how members of the Jackson Mills Fire Company transported the statue, known as “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin,” to New York City for a Sept. 11 observance and then to a church in Howell, N.J.

Pat Robertson Attorney Promoting Inaccurate View Of 'See You At The Pole' School Prayer Events

Americans United Urges Public School Officials To Avoid Lawsuits By Ensuring That Events Are Student-Run

An attorney who works for TV preacher Pat Robertson is peddling inaccurate advice about “See You at the Pole” prayer events that public school officials would be wise to ignore, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Jay Sekulow, chief attorney for Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice, is circulating a letter nationwide that purports to advise public school administrators on “See You at the Pole” events.

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