Congress Should Block Backdoor Move To Endorse Discrimination By Colleges, Says Americans United

AU's Lynn Says Education Measure Could Be Used To Support Educational Institutions That Push Discriminatory Policy

The U.S. Senate should halt a backdoor effort to endorse discrimination by religious universities, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a June 20 letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Americans United and other civil liberties groups called for changes to the Higher Education Amendments of 2007.

IRS Should Investigate R.I. Catholic Diocese For Political Intervention, Says Americans United

Bishop Opposed Giuliani Candidacy In Official Diocesan Newspaper, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Bishop Opposed Giuliani Candidacy In Official Diocesan Newspaper, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

The Internal Revenue Service should investigate the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, R.I., for opposing Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United Settles Lawsuit Over 'faith-based' Jail Program With Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Officials

Settlement Bars Tax-Funded Grants To Organizations That Proselytize

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced the settlement of a lawsuit challenging tax funding of a “faith-based” program that had been operating at a Bradford County jail.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency have agreed to a number of conditions to settle the case. Among them are agreements that federal and state funds will not be used to support religious activities and that tax-funded programs will not religiously discriminate among or religiously coerce program participants.

Wisconsin School District Should Drop Graduation Ceremonies At Local Church, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges School Officials To Find A Non-Religious Forum For School Events

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a Wisconsin public school district to stop holding graduation ceremonies at a local church.

Since at least 2001, two schools in the Elmbrook School District Brookfield East High School and Brookfield Central High School have held commencement exercises at Elmbrook Church. School officials have reportedly ignored complaints raised by members of the community.

Irs Should Investigate Florida Religious Group For Political Intervention, Says Americans United

Bill Keller Ministries Said Vote For Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Is Vote For Satan

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a St. Petersburg, Fla., ministry that warned people not to vote for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In a letter to the IRS sent today, Americans United asserts that Bill Keller Ministries seems to have violated federal tax law when its online division,, ran articles warning readers that a vote for Romney is a vote for Satan.

Military Support For Evangelical Rally Raises Constitutional Issues, Says Americans United

Religious Liberty Watchdog Groups Questions Armed Forces For Participating In Christian Event In Georgia

U.S. military participation in a three-day evangelical Christian gathering in Georgia violates the U.S. Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a May 23 letter to Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne and Acting Secretary of the Army Peter Geren, Americans United says the military should not endorse or promote a festival arranged by evangelical Christian groups at Stone Mountain Park.

Texas School District Vulnerable To Legal Action After Refusing To Follow Law On Graduation Prayer

Round Rock District's Graduation Prayer Policy Clearly Violates Supreme Court Rulings, Says Civil Liberties Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State says a Texas public school district has left itself open to legal action after ignoring court rulings and including a majority-imposed prayer in its high school graduation ceremonies.

Attorneys with Americans United contacted the Round Rock Independent School District yesterday after members of the community complained about the district’s plan to allow graduating seniors to vote on whether to include a religious invocation.

The Religious Right After Falwell: Less Visible But More Powerful Than Ever

Fundamentalist Political Movement Today Is Savvy, Well Funded And Influential

Summary: Some political commentators say the Religious Right is a spent force. The recent death of the Rev. Jerry Falwell will hasten the demise of this movement, they say. Americans United for Separation of Church and State says a careful analysis of the facts suggests otherwise.

The May 15 death of Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell marks a point of passage for the Religious Right, but it does not mean that politically active fundamentalist Christians are in decline or that their movement is waning. Here’s why.

Americans United Issues Statement On The Death Of Jerry Falwell

Moral Majority Founder Was 'Face And Voice Of The Religious Right,' Says AU's Lynn

Dr. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and one of the key architects of the rise of the Religious Right, died today at age 73.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, released the following statement:

“Jerry Falwell politicized religion and failed to understand the genius of our Constitution, but there is no denying his impact on American political life. He will long be remembered as the face and voice of the Religious Right.