Americans United Calls On Washington, D.c., Charter School To Cease Religious Activities

School-Sponsored Religion At Washington Latin School Violates Constitution, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

A Washington, D.C., charter school that conducts graduations and other school gatherings in a church sanctuary and whose headmaster leads students in prayer is running afoul of the First Amendment, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United has warned that school-sponsored religious activities at Washington Latin School violate the principle of church-state separation and urged officials to cease conducting school gatherings in church settings and leading students in prayer.

Americans United Urges South Carolina School District To Discontinue Biased Bible Class

Dorchester County Officials Should Steer Clear Of Materials That Promote One Faith Perspective Over Others, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged a South Carolina public school district to drop a new course on the Bible, arguing that the class fails to meet constitutional requirements.

The elective at Fort Dorchester High School is based in part on two textbooks that Americans United charges promote a mostly Christian interpretation of the Bible The Bible and Its Influence published by the Bible Literacy Project and material produced by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools.

Americans United Commends President Bush For Apologizing To Wiccan War Widow

President Says Deceased Veteran's Wife Should Have Been Included In Meeting With Families Of Fallen Service Personnel

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today commended President George W. Bush for his apology to a Wiccan war widow who was excluded from a private meeting with family members of deceased soldiers in Nevada earlier this week.

Roberta Stewart, whose husband Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed in combat in Afghanistan, was not invited to meet with Bush and other family members of soldiers who have died in combat. Other members of Sgt. Stewart’s family were invited to the meeting.

Americans United Protests Presidential Snub Of Wiccan War Widow

AU's Lynn Says Bush Should Apologize For Mistreatment of Stewart, Affirm Respect For Americans Of All Faith Perspectives

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today blasted President George W. Bush for shunning a war widow who successfully challenged the administration’s refusal to allow the use of the Wiccan symbol of faith on government-issued grave markers.

Texas School District's Graduation Prayer Policy Violates Constitution, Americans United Lawsuit Charges

Religious Liberty Watchdog Group Says School Officials May Not Promote 'Majority Rules' Prayer At Graduation

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a lawsuit against a Texas public school district that sponsors prayer at high school graduation ceremonies.

Representing six parents and a former student, Americans United told the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas yesterday that the Round Rock Independent School District’s policy of allowing students to vote on whether to include prayer in its graduation ceremonies violates the First Amendment principle of church-state separation.

Irs Should Investigate Partisan Political Activity Of Southern Baptist Church In Calif., Says Americans United

Pastor Used Church Resources To Endorse GOP Hopeful Huckabee As God's Candidate In Violation Of Federal Tax Law, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., for possible violation of federal tax law barring electioneering by non-profit groups.

“Federal tax law is clear,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, “Churches and other non-profits may not endorse candidates, if they want to keep their tax exemption. I am confident that the vast majority of Americans do not want to see their houses of worship politicized.”

Use Of Religious Book At Florida Charter School Would Violate Constitution, Says Americans United

Hebrew Language Text Promotes Jewish Faith And May Not Be Taught In Broward County Schools, Church-State Watchdog Group Warns

Use of a religiously themed book at a public charter school in Broward County, Fla., would violate the U.S. Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United today sent a letter to Broward school officials warning that use of the Ha-Yesod Hebrew language curriculum at Ben Gamla Charter School would violate church-state separation.

Bible Classes Must Meet Constitutional Requirements, Americans United Tells South Carolina Education Officials

Church-State Watchdog Group Advises Educators To Reject Biased And Flawed Curriculum Materials

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged South Carolina education officials to make certain that two new public school courses designed to teach about the Bible meet constitutional requirements.

“Public school courses about the Bible must be objective, balanced and fair – not Sunday School lessons,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Any approach that is not even-handed will spark a lawsuit.”

Disruption Of Hindu Chaplain's Senate Prayer Shows Religious Right's Intolerance, Says AU

Religious Right Activists Want Government To Reflect Only Their Faith, Says AU's Lynn

Religious Right Activists Want Government To Reflect Only Their Faith, Says AU’s Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today deplored the disruption by Religious Right activists of a Hindu chaplain’s prayer to open the U.S. Senate.

“This shows the intolerance of many Religious Right activists,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “They say they want more religion in the public square, but it’s clear they mean only their religion.

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