A federal appeals court ruling today that opens the door to allowing a religious employer to deny certain forms of birth control to employees is a dangerous distortion of the principle of religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned officials in Massachusetts that they must stop allowing communities to use taxpayer money to renovate houses of worship.
Earlier this year, Americans United received several complaints that Massachusetts municipalities were using funds under the Community Preservation Act to repair churches. This practice, Americans United asserts, violates both the U.S. and Massachusetts constitutions. Read more
Today’s Supreme Court marriage decisions advance equality while preserving religious freedom, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is failing to protect the religious liberty rights of non-believers and religious minorities, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has charged. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State joined the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and the national ACLU in filing a lawsuit today to stop the state of New Jersey from awarding more than $11 million in taxpayer funds to two higher education institutions dedicated solely to religious training and instruction. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union welcomed a state court decision today that said a tuition tax-credit program violates the New Hampshire Constitution.
Ruling in favor of the three civil liberties groups, the Strafford County, N.H., Superior Court held that the state’s Education Tax Credit Program is unconstitutional because it diverts tax payments to religious schools. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have told a federal appellate court that for-profit businesses cannot use religious liberty arguments to deny their employees access to contraceptive coverage. Read more
Popular performers Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele are lending their support to the campaign to keep church and state separate.
Lynch and Peele have just finished a new music video for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In the video, Lynch portrays “Church” and Peele portrays “State” as the duo, decked out in cheesy 1970s garb, perform a special song concluding they’re not right for one another and it would be best if they separated for good. Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will hear a lawsuit challenging Christian invocations before town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the organization that is sponsoring the lawsuit, urged the high court to affirm government neutrality on religion. Read more