Presidential Hopefuls At Ralph Reed Event Signal Troubling Power Of Religious Right

Candidates Ought To Reaffirm Church-State Separation, Not Kowtow To Religious Right, Says AU’s Lynn

The Religious Right has too much influence in American public life as the speaker line-up at a Ralph Reed event this week demonstrates, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

An array of presidential hopefuls and major congressional leaders is scheduled to appear at Reed’s “Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing” June 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C.
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AU Wins Case Challenging Graduation Prayer In Castroville, Texas

Federal Judge Orders District To Drop School-Sponsored Prayers From Public Event

A federal court today ordered a Texas public school district not to include prayers in its June 4 commencement ceremony, in response to a lawsuit brought by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Representing a local family, Americans United on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Medina Valley Independent School District in Castroville over the district’s plans to include official prayer during the ceremony.
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AU Files Lawsuit Against Texas School Over Graduation Prayers

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Castroville Public School Is Violating Court Rulings By Including Prayers In Upcoming Ceremony

Americans United for Separation of Church and State on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Medina Valley Independent School District in Castroville, Texas, over the district’s plans to include official prayer during its June 4 graduation ceremony.

The lawsuit was filed after officials with the district refused to remove a student-led invocation and benediction from the upcoming ceremony. Americans United argues that the district is in clear violation of Supreme Court rulings and is seeking emergency relief. Read more

AU Criticizes Kentucky Officials For Offering Tax Aid To Fundamentalist Theme Park

Church-State Watchdog Group Says So-Called ‘Ark Park’ Promotes Fundamentalist Religion And Bad Science

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today blasted officials in Kentucky for their decision to award more than $40 million in tax incentives to a theme park centered around Noah’s Ark.

A fundamentalist Christian group sought the aid to erect a so-called “Ark Park” in Williamstown. Gov. Steve Beshear backed the scheme, saying it would bring jobs to the state.
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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. Read more

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.
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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.
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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.
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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. Read more

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. Read more

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