The United States Air Force cannot prohibit an atheist from reenlisting simply because he refused to say the part of the enlistment oath that includes the words “so help me God,” Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union criticized today’s decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court dismissing a challenge to a tuition tax-credit program on technical grounds.
The state high court dismissed the case, holding that the plaintiffs lack “standing” – the right to sue –despite the fact that the Attorney General’s Office had agreed that one of the plaintiffs had standing to challenge the tax-credit program.
A Florida program that offers tax credits to patrons of private, mostly sectarian schools violates state constitutional provisions prohibiting tax-subsidized aid to religious schools and guaranteeing a uniform public education, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
Local boards of education in North Carolina must not allow public school faculty and staff to participate in prayer and worship with students, even though a new state law encourages such activity, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
A proposed theme park based on the story of Noah’s Ark discriminates in employment in favor of fundamentalist Christians and should be ineligible for tax incentives from the state of Kentucky, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking a federal appeals court to strike down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The brief in Latta v. Otter, filed today in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is joined by the Anti-Defamation League and a range of other religious and activist groups. In the brief, the groups argue that the state’s ban violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.