Workers’ Medical Benefits Shouldn’t Be Subject To A Religious Veto, Americans United Tells Supreme Court

Secular, For-Profit Corporations Do Not Have Religious Freedom Rights, Church-State Watchdog And Allies Assert In Brief

The U.S. Supreme Court should rule that owners of secular, for-profit corporations do not have the right to deny their employees access to contraceptives on religious freedom grounds, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies say. Read more

Promoters Of ‘School Choice Week’ Misleading Public About School Vouchers, Coalition Says

Private School Vouchers Don’t Work, Groups Supporting Public Schools Assert

The National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) says it’s unfortunate that “National School Choice Week,” which takes place Jan. 26-Feb.1, so heavily promotes private school vouchers as a positive choice for America’s students. 

Vouchers don’t provide equal access to high quality education or set high standards and accountability. Instead, study after study has found they are ineffective, lack accountability to taxpayers and strip students of rights otherwise provided in public school.  Read more

Americans United Wins Right To Represent Women Seeking Access To Birth Control In Notre Dame Lawsuit

Federal Appeals Court Says Church-State Watchdog Group May Intervene On Behalf Of Three Anonymous Plaintiffs

Americans United for Separation of Church and State last night won the right to intervene in a federal lawsuit that focuses on the right of students, faculty and staff to access birth control at the University of Notre Dame.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order granting Americans United the right to represent three anonymous Notre Dame students.

Americans United Seeks To Intervene In Notre Dame Lawsuit Challenging Women's Access To Birth Control

Church-State Watchdog Group Asks Federal Court To Allow It To Represent Students Who Want Contraceptive Access

Americans United for Separation of Church and State last night filed a legal motion with a federal court seeking permission to intervene on behalf of three University of Notre Dame students who want to ensure that their health-care plan includes access to contraceptives. The students lack the financial means to purchase contraception on their own.
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Americans United Urges IRS To Step Up Investigations Of Church-Based Partisan Politicking

Church-State Watchdog Says Tax Agency Must Enforce Rules Intended To Prevent Houses Of Worship From Intervening In Elections

It’s time for the IRS to crack down on illegal partisan politicking by churches, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. 

In a letter sent today to IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel, Americans United noted that the IRS recently announced proposed tightened rules governing 501(c)(4) organizations. While this is a complex area of tax law, the question of church-based electioneering requires a much simpler fix. Read more

Ohio Supreme Court Is Right To Uphold Firing Of Public School Teacher Who Promoted Creationism, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Science Instructor Has No Right To Proselytize In Public School Classrooms

The Ohio Supreme Court correctly ruled that a school district was right to fire a teacher for insubordination after he refused to stop teaching creationism and remove certain religious symbols from his classroom, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Americans United Executive Director Wins Prestigious Social Activist Award

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Leader Of Church-State Watchdog Group Since 1992, To Receive Puffin/Nation Prize For Creative Citizenship

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will receive the annual Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship at a ceremony next month. Read more

Americans United Warns Washington County Council Not To Give Tax Aid To Christian Fundamentalist Group

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Pierce County Budget Proposal To Give $7,000 To Child Evangelism Fellowship Is Clear Constitutional Violation

An item in a Washington county council’s proposed budget that would give taxpayer funding to a fundamentalist Christian organization that works to convert young children must not be approved, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Colorado Governors’ Prayer Proclamations Violate State Constitution, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Tells State Supreme Court To Uphold Appeals Court Ruling

Several Colorado governors violated the state constitution by declaring a Colorado Day of Prayer, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the Colorado Supreme Court in a friend-of-the-court brief.

The brief was filed Friday afternoon in support of the plaintiffs in Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Hickenlooper. Read more