Americans United Files Lawsuit Challenging South Carolina's 'i Believe' License Plate

Religious Liberty Watchdog Group Says License Plate Violates Constitution By Giving Preference To Christianity

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a lawsuit in federal district court on behalf of several religious leaders and a religious organization whose First Amendment rights are violated by South Carolina’s “I Believe” license plate.

The new plate features the words, “I Believe,” accompanied by a depiction of a large, bright-yellow Christian cross superimposed on a multicolored stained glass church window.

Louisiana Will Face Lawsuit If New Law Brings Religion Into Public School Science Classes, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Warns Against Using Anti-Evolution Legislation To Advance Fundamentalism In The Classroom

The Louisiana House of Representatives today approved a measure that opens the door to teaching creationism in public schools, an action that is likely to spark litigation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Approved by a 94-3 vote, the so-called “Science Education Act” (SB 733) allows public school teachers to use “supplemental materials” when discussing evolution.

IRS Should Investigate Minnesota Church For Electioneering

Warroad Community Church Pastor's Partisan Preaching Violates Federal Tax Law, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Minnesota church whose pastor insisted that Christians cannot vote for presidential candidates Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.

Pastor Gus Booth of Warroad Community Church in northern Minnesota delivered a sermon May 18 in which he said, “If you are a Christian, you cannot support Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.…Both Hillary and Barack favor the shedding of innocent blood (abortion) and the legalization of the abomination of homosexual marriage.”

AU, ACLU File Brief Objecting To Government Promotion Of Prayer In Tx' 'Moment-Of-Silence' Law

Promotion Of Religion Is Not Legislators' Job, Say Civil Liberties Groups

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Texas submitted a friend-of-the-court brief today to a federal appeals court urging the court to rule against a religiously motivated 2003 amendment to Texas’ “moment-of-silence” statute. The amendment added “pray” to the statute’s list of activities for students during the moment of silence.

Au Urges Irs To Investigate Religious Group's Fund-raising For Washington State Gubernatorial Candidate

Church-State Watchdog Files Complaint About Political Event Sponsored By Christian Businessmen's Group

The Internal Revenue Service should investigate a Washington state religious group that engaged in fund-raising for a gubernatorial candidate, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Tacoma, Wash., branch of the Christian Businessmen’s Connection hosted Republican candidate Dino Rossi on May 21 in Fircrest. During the event, Dwight Mason, the group’s president, noted that fund-raising envelopes for Rossi had been left on the tables.

Louisiana Bill Sneaks Religion Into Science Classes, Says Americans United

Measure Would Harm Children's Education, Undercut Constitution And Lead To Lawsuit, Says AU's Lynn

A bill approved yesterday by a Louisiana legislative panel brings religion into science classrooms and undercuts fundamental constitutional principles, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The House Education Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 733, a measure that allows public school teachers to use supplementary materials when teaching about evolution.

California Marriage Decision Respects Boundaries Between Religion And Government, Says Americans United

Religious Groups Remain Free To Make Decisions About Marriage In Keeping With Their Theology, Says AU's Lynn

The California Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage respects the boundaries between religion and government, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State

In a May 15 decision, the court majority held that the state constitution mandates that same-sex couples have the same right to the benefits of civil marriage as opposite-sex couples.

The justices made clear, however, that the ruling applies only to civil marriages. Religious communities remain free to marry same-sex couples or not, in keeping with their theology.

Americans United Condemns Religious Right Plot To Politicize Pulpits

Asking Churches To Violate Federal Tax Law Is Deplorable, Says AU's Lynn

A Religious Right group’s plan to ask churches to violate federal tax law on electioneering is deplorable, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is urging clergy to defy the tax-law ban on candidate endorsements by tax-exempt groups. Ministers are being pushed to use their pulpits on Sept. 28 to preach about candidates and spark a showdown.