Americans United Asks Federal Court To Bar Sectarian Prayer At Maryland Town Council’s Meetings

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Brentwood Invocations Violate The Constitution

By reciting a Christian prayer to open its meetings, the Brentwood, Md., Town Council has aligned itself with a single religion in violation of the U.S. Constitution, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal court.

In a lawsuit filed today on behalf of two residents of the community, Americans United said the council’s practice of beginning its sessions with the Lord’s Prayer transgresses the First Amendment. Read more

Americans United Urges U.S. House To Reject Taxpayer-Funded Repair Of Houses Of Worship

Bill Would Authorize Federal Agency To Pay For Rebuilding Of Houses Of Worship Damaged By Hurricane Sandy

Taxpayers should not be asked to pay for reconstruction of houses of worship damaged during hurricanes and other natural disasters, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against HR 592, a measure that would authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue direct grants to churches and other religious institutions.  Read more

Americans United Issues Statement On Obama Contraceptive Rule

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Policy Appears To Protect Employees’ Access To Birth Control At Religiously Affiliated Institutions

The Obama administration’s proposed rule on access to birth control for employees at religious institutions appears to preserve women's access to contraception while bending over backward to address religious objections to the prior rules, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

American Workers’ Access To Birth Control Must Not Be Subject To Employers’ Religion, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges Appeals Court To Uphold Obama Administration’s Contraceptive Mandate

American workers’ access to birth control should not be subject to their employers’ religious beliefs, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, Americans United urged the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate, which requires most businesses to provide workers with a health insurance that includes no-cost birth control. Read more

‘School Choice Week’ Promotes Vouchers, Undermines Public Schools, Says Americans United

Religious/Private Schools Have The ‘Choice,’ But Want Taxpayers To Foot The Bill, Says AU’s Lynn

Sectarian lobbies and right-wing interest groups are waging war on the public school system, and “National School Choice Week” is part of that effort, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

From Jan. 27-Feb. 2, pro-private school forces are sponsoring hundreds of events around the country that supposedly promote “effective education options for every child.” In fact, civil liberties advocates say the real goal is enactment of voucher schemes that undercut public schools and subsidize religious and other private schools with taxpayer dollars. Read more

Official Prayers At West Point Violate Constitution, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Advises Military Academy To Stop Violating Religious Liberty Rights Of Cadets

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to stop including prayers during official events.

In a letter to Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon and other officials, Americans United asserted that the academy’s prayer policy runs afoul of the Constitution and violates the rights of cadets. Read more

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