U.s. House Rejects Effort To Remove Civil Rights Protections From Head Start

Americans United's Lynn Calls Effort To Undercut Popular Education Law 'A Mean-Spirited Affront To A Fine Program'

Americans United today lauded the defeat of an effort in the House of Representatives to repeal civil rights protections in Head Start, the popular federal program aimed at helping impoverished children gain a sound education.

Religious Right Takeover Of National Day Of Prayer Sparks Discord, Says Americans United

Dobsons Use Government-Sponsored Prayer Event To Push Religious-Political Agenda, But Other Religious Leaders Are Fighting Back

Far from being a day to bring people of various faiths together, the National Day of Prayer has been hijacked by intolerant Religious Right groups who seek an officially “Christian nation,” says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The National Day of Prayer (NDP) takes place tomorrow. By federal law, the commemoration occurs on the first Thursday of every May.

U.s. House Should Reject Plan To Remove Civil Rights Protections From Head Start Bill

Americans United Says Job Bias Has No Place In Publicly Funded Education Program

The U.S. House of Representatives is nearing a vote on whether to repeal vital civil rights protections from Head Start.

In March, the House Education and Labor Committee rejected an amendment that would have allowed “faith-based” Head Start providers to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion. Several lawmakers, however, are likely to again try to amend the Head Start reauthorization when it comes to the floor. (A vote is expected on Wednesday of this week.)

Americans United Wins Lawsuit Over Bible Display At Texas Courthouse

Appeals Court Rejects Harris County's Effort To Overturn Lower Court Ruling That Religious Display Violates Constitution

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today applauded a federal appeals court decision that effectively bars a Bible display outside a Texas county courthouse.

Bush Administration Agrees To Approve Wiccan Pentacle For Veteran Memorials

Settlement In Americans United Lawsuit Comes After Discovery Of A Pattern Of Bias Against Minority Faith

The Bush administration has conceded that Wiccans are entitled to have the pentacle, the symbol of their faith, inscribed on government-issued memorial markers for deceased veterans, Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today.

Pennsylvania County Agrees To Settle Lawsuit Challenging 'faith-based' Jail Ministry

Local Government Agrees To Bar Public Funding Of Religious Activities And Religious Discrimination In All Future Contracts

Officials in Bradford County, Pa., have agreed to bar any public funding of religious activities as part of a settlement of a lawsuit challenging a local “faith-based” inmate ministry.

In 2005, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the national law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP brought a legal action against Bradford County and other governmental agencies for funding The Firm Foundation, a religiously based rehabilitation program at the Bradford County jail.

Lawsuit Challenges Sectarian Invocations At North Carolina County Commissioners' Meetings

Public Meetings Should Welcome People Of All Religious Viewpoints, Says Americans United Chapter President

Acting on behalf of several local citizens, the Winston-Salem Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the use of sectarian invocations to open meetings of the Forsyth County (N.C.) Board of Commissioners (PDF).

Congressional Meddling In Religion Violates Church-state Separation, Says Americans United

Politicians Should Stick To Legislating And Leave Decisions About Religion To Individual Americans, Says AU's Lynn

A group of U.S. lawmakers that today urged Americans to get “back to prayer” should stop meddling in religion and get back to work, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

At noon, U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and congressional allies held a press conference at the Capitol to “officially call America back to prayer and encourage people to sign up to pray for our nation for five minutes each week.”

Americans United Says Marriage-counseling Decision Is Disappointing, But Upholds Basic Church-state Principles

Judge's Decision Upholds Ban On Publicly Funded Religious Indoctrination, But Allows Aid To Secularized Marriage Institute Program

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment in a federal court’s dismissal of a challenge to “faith-based” funding, but noted that the ruling upholds key church-state principles.

On March 20, U.S. District Court Judge Franklin D. Burgess ruled that federal faith-based grants to the Northwest Marriage Institute did not violate the constitutional separation of church and state. Burgess denied an Americans United request for a preliminary injunction and dismissed the case.

Americans United Lauds House Panel For Vote Against Job Bias In Head Start

Religious Beliefs Should Not Be Part of Hiring Criteria For Federally Funded Social Services, Asserts Church-State Watchdog Group

A U.S. House committee took commendable action in denying efforts to allow for “faith-based” employment discrimination in Head Start programs, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

This afternoon, the House Committee on Education and Labor rejected on a party-line vote an amendment that would allow religious groups that operate Head Start programs to discriminate on the basis of religion in hiring staff.