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

AU Chastises U.S. House For Vote In Favor Of $100 Million Private School Voucher Scheme

Americans United Chastises U.S. House For Vote In Favor Of $100 Million Private School Voucher Scheme

Today’s U.S. House vote in favor of a $100 million giveaway to religious schools wastes taxpayer dollars and undermines the public school system, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

AU, ACLU Ask Army For Documents About Government-Sponsored Religious Event At Fort Bragg

Groups Seek Information About Army Support For Billy Graham Evangelism Rally

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) have sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today asking U.S. Army officials to provide information about a religious event that was held last year at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Read more

AU Protests Sectarian Prayer At Minnesota Senate

Senate Leaders Should Drop Invocations Out Of Respect For State’s Religious Diversity, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Minnesota Senate to end its practice of opening sessions with prayer.

In a letter to Senate leaders, Americans United said abolishing the invocations would be respectful of the state’s religious diversity and more in keeping with constitutional principles. At a minimum, the watchdog group said, the legislative body should ensure that opening prayers are not sectarian. Read more

AU Criticizes Divisive Congressional Resolution Promoting Display of ‘In God We Trust’

House Leaders Should Address The Nation’s Pressing Problems And Leave Religious Issues Alone, Says AU’s Lynn

Congressional action on a resolution promoting display of “In God We Trust” in public schools and other public buildings is divisive and a diversion from pressing national concerns, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The House Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to vote March 17 on H. Con. Res. 13, a measure “reaffirming” In God We Trust as the national motto and encouraging its display in all public buildings, including public schools. Read more

AU Asks Why ‘Broke’ Nation Still Has Enough Money To Subsidize D.C. Religious Schools

Church-State Watchdog Group Deplores Congressional Committee Vote To Revive Federal Taxpayer Subsidy Of Ineffective Voucher Plan

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) keeps saying the country is “broke” – so Americans United for Separation of Church and State would like to know why he is determined to funnel $20 million in tax dollars to religious schools in Washington, D.C.

Boehner is attempting to railroad the reauthorization of a controversial school voucher “experiment” in D.C. through the House.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today approved H.R. 471 on a 21-14 vote. The Boehner-sponsored measure could go to a House floor vote as early as next week. Read more

AU Urges House Panel To Reject Federal Funding Of Religious Schools

Voucher Subsidies For D.C. Private Schools Undermine Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Says Watchdog Group

A private school voucher plan aimed at the District of Columbia funnels tax money to religious schools, violates civil rights and does nothing to improve students’ academic achievement, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a House of Representatives panel. Read more

Senate Should Reject Calls To Revive Failed D.C. School Voucher Program

Church-State Watchdog Group Tells Senate Committee That Federal Funds Should Not Go To Religious Schools

The U.S. Senate should reject a push to revive a controversial school voucher scheme in the District of Columbia, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) today held a hearing on S. 206, a bill that would allocate $20 million to revive and expand the D.C. voucher “experiment” that is now winding down. The program has used federal funds to pay for tuition for some students at religious and other private schools. Read more

Counseling Student's Religious Demands Are Out Of Line, Says AU

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Michigan School May Enforce Non-Discrimination Policy

A public university does not have to accommodate a student in a counseling program who refuses to help clients who are in romantic relationships that contradict her religious beliefs, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court. Read more

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