The Brentwood (Md.) Town Council has agreed to permanently stop reciting the Lord’s Prayer before its meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today.
The council agreed Wednesday to discontinue the sectarian invocation as part of a settlement in Pomerleau v. Town of Brentwood.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, expressed satisfaction with the council’s decision. Read more
A Michigan-based for-profit business that manufactures fuel systems, power-steering systems and medical devices does not have the right to an exemption from the Obama administration’s birth control mandate, a federal appeals court ruled today. Read more
Citizens should not be required to participate in prayers – let alone prayers that are faith-specific – in order to participate in local government, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a brief being filed today with the high court, Americans United argues that many citizens have no choice but to attend these meetings when they are seeking board action on local issues or must take an oath of office or receive public honors. Read more
A Texas public school may curb cheerleaders from displaying large banners bearing Bible verses during football games, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and a coalition of religious and public policy groups have advised a state court. Read more
Congress should ignore a proposal by a group of evangelical and other religious organizations recommending that lawmakers end the prohibition against pulpit politicking, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
Legislation that would require a prayer to be added to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., shows a lack of respect for the diversity of belief among veterans, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies told a U.S. Senate subcommittee. Read more
A Michigan-based company that produces organic foods does not have a religious liberty right to deny its employees access to birth control, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has advised a federal appeals court. Read more
A federal appeals court today upheld an Obama administration regulation requiring most secular companies to include no-cost contraceptives to employees in health insurance plans, rejecting arguments by sectarian groups that the policy infringes on religious freedom.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed the ruling. Read more