AU Urges Army Officials To Alter ‘Church Retreat’ Program At Missouri Base

Watchdog Group Says Further Changes Are Necessary To Avoid Religious Coercion At Fort Leonard Wood

U.S. military officials should make further changes at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri to ensure that soldiers are not subjected to unwanted religious proselytism, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Pennsylvania County Agrees To Remove Religious Symbols From Courthouse Lawn

Luzerne County Courthouse Display Of Nativity Scene And Menorah Violated Constitution, Civil Liberties Groups Advised

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – The Luzerne County Commissioners have agreed to remove two separate religious displays – a crèche and a menorah – from the lawn of the Luzerne County Courthouse after receiving a letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

In the Dec. 11 letter, the two civil liberties groups informed the county that the displays are an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. Read more

First Amendment Does Not Protect Criminal Activities By Staff At Religious Organizations, Says AU

Church-State Watchdog Group Joins Legal Brief In Sex-Abuse Case Before Nevada Supreme Court

The First Amendment’s religious liberty provisions do not shield houses of worship from liability when their staff members or volunteers commit crimes, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the Nevada Supreme Court.

Americans United and several other organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief Dec. 11 in Nevada’s top court asserting that point. Read more

AU Praises Senate Vote Against Nelson-Hatch Amendment

Health-Care Reform Package Should Not Reflect Religious Doctrine, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today commended the U.S. Senate for rejecting a religion-based amendment to the health-care reform bill that would have limited women’s access to abortion. Read more

Supreme Court Should Reject Religious Discrimination At Public Universities, Says AU

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls On High Court To Affirm Lower Court Ruling In Calif. Law School Case

The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will hear a dispute from California involving an evangelical Christian club at a public law school that wants recognition and funding as an official campus organization, even though it discriminates on religious grounds.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State urged the high court to use the case as a vehicle to make it clear that groups seeking public funding and official recognition on public college campuses must be open to all. Read more

Federal Appeals Court Blows Whistle On Wisconsin Sheriff’s Religious Proselytism

Church-State Watchdog Group Lauds Ruling In Milwaukee County Case

A federal appeals court made the right call today by striking down religious presentations given at mandatory meetings at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

AU Urges Appeals Court To Give Prison-Chaplaincy Applicant His Day In Court

Wiccan Clergyman Should Have the Right To Challenge Government-Imposed Religious Discrimination, Says Watchdog Group

Religious minorities should have the right to go to court and challenge discriminatory hiring practices imposed by the government, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more

Cleveland City Council Should Stop Opening Meetings With Sectarian Prayer

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Government Body Is Acting In Clear Violation

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has again warned the Cleveland City Council that it is violating the law by consistently opening its meetings with sectarian prayers.

In a letter sent today, attorneys with Americans United say Cleveland officials have misconstrued court rulings in an effort to continue the constitutionally problematic practice. Read more

AU Challenges California Community College Prayer Policy In Federal Court

Church-State Watchdog Group Brings Legal Action On Behalf Of Faculty And Students Who Object To Mandatory Worship

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging official prayers during public ceremonies at a Southern California community college. Read more

Religious Right, Catholic Bishops Seek To Impose Religion On All Americans Through Law, AU Charges

‘Manhattan Declaration’ Signals Conservative Church Groups’ Intention To Undercut Separation Of Church And State, Says AU’s Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed grave concern about a renewed push by a coalition of conservative church groups to impose religious teachings on all Americans through government action.

At a press conference today, Religious Right leaders and Roman Catholic bishops unveiled a joint statement criticizing laws that allow reproductive choice and same-sex marriage. The “Manhattan Declaration” indicates that participating religious leaders will defy such laws if they conflict with church doctrines. Read more

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