Oklahoma Anti-Sharia Amendment Violates U.S. Constitution, Groups Tell Appeals Court

Religious And Civil Liberties Organizations Urge Federal Appeals Court To Reject Religious Bigotry

An Oklahoma constitutional amendment that purports to ban Islamic law in the state singles out Muslims for discrimination and should not be enforced, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and other groups have told a federal appeals court.

The so-called “Save Our State Amendment” barring enforcement of sharia passed with 70 percent of the vote in November, but Americans United and the other organizations assert that the provision is unconstitutional.

AU Opposes Taxpayer Funding of Houses Of Worship

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Proposed USAID Changes Will Allow Taxpayer Funding Of Churches, Mosques And Temples

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged the Obama administration to ensure that taxpayer funds are not spent to erect and rehabilitate houses of worship abroad.

In comments submitted to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Americans United asserts that a rule change proposed by the Obama administration will violate Americans’ religious liberty rights.

Congressionally Mandated National Day Of Prayer Undercuts Religious Liberty, Says AU

Church-State Watchdog Organization Says Individuals, Not Government, Should Make Decisions About Worship

Tomorrow’s government-proclaimed day of prayer is impossible to square with the constitutional separation of church and state, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“Americans don’t need a federal government directive to tell them when, whether and how to pray,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “There are many things that government does well, but managing Americans’ religious lives isn’t one of them.”

AU Criticizes Appeals Court Ruling Dismissing Challenge To National Day Of Prayer

Watchdog Group Blasts Court’s Reasoning In Controversial Case Over Government Endorsement Of Religion

A federal appeals court today ruled that citizens do not have the right to challenge the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer (NDP), a decision Americans United for Separation of Church and State says is misguided and poorly reasoned.

AU Hails Settlement In Case Challenging Religious Content At Calif. Community College Events

Watchdog Group Says It Is Pleased With Fair Settlement That Ends Litigation In Orange County Legal Dispute

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that an out-of-court settlement has been reached in a lawsuit challenging prayer and other religious presentations at events sponsored by a Southern California community college.

The settlement brings an end to a legal challenge filed in November of 2009 by Americans United on behalf of several students and faculty at the South Orange County Community College District.

AU Condemns Supreme Court Ruling Dismissing Challenge To State Aid To Arizona Religious Schools

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Obama Administration Betrayed Public Education By Taking Wrong Side In Important School-Funding Case

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized a U.S. Supreme Court ruling dismissing a challenge to tax aid to religious schools in Arizona.

In a 5-4 ruling, the high court today turned back a legal challenge to an Arizona scheme that allows taxpayers to take a 100 percent credit for donations to “school tuition organizations” that fund religious and other private schools. The court said the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the case.

AU, ACLU Ask Army For Documents About Government-Sponsored Religious Event At Fort Bragg

Groups Seek Information About Army Support For Billy Graham Evangelism Rally

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) have sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today asking U.S. Army officials to provide information about a religious event that was held last year at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

AU Protests Sectarian Prayer At Minnesota Senate

Senate Leaders Should Drop Invocations Out Of Respect For State’s Religious Diversity, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Minnesota Senate to end its practice of opening sessions with prayer.

In a letter to Senate leaders, Americans United said abolishing the invocations would be respectful of the state’s religious diversity and more in keeping with constitutional principles. At a minimum, the watchdog group said, the legislative body should ensure that opening prayers are not sectarian.

AU Criticizes Divisive Congressional Resolution Promoting Display of ‘In God We Trust’

House Leaders Should Address The Nation’s Pressing Problems And Leave Religious Issues Alone, Says AU’s Lynn

Congressional action on a resolution promoting display of “In God We Trust” in public schools and other public buildings is divisive and a diversion from pressing national concerns, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The House Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to vote March 17 on H. Con. Res. 13, a measure “reaffirming” In God We Trust as the national motto and encouraging its display in all public buildings, including public schools.