Connecticut School District Agrees To Stop Holding Graduation Ceremonies In Church

Americans United, ACLU Say Settlement Affirms Religious Liberty

The Enfield, Conn., Board of Education has agreed not to hold graduations in a Bloomfield church in order to settle a lawsuit filed by Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Connecticut.

The three organizations filed suit against the Enfield Board of Education in May 2010 on behalf of two students and three parents who objected to holding the graduations of Enfield and Fermi high schools at the First Cathedral in Bloomfield, arguing that doing so violated the First Amendment guarantees of religious liberty. Read more

N.Y. Public School Was Right To Tell Student Not To Recite Prayer During Graduation, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Students Have No Right To Impose Religion On Others At School Events

A New York middle school student does not have a constitutional right to recite a prayer from the Bible during a graduation ceremony, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

The case involves a student, identified in court papers as A.M., who wanted to close her middle school graduation speech with a prayer taken from the Old Testament Book of Numbers. The passage, Numbers 6:24-26, is often called the Priestly Benediction. Read more

Supreme Court Made The Right Call In Refusing California Cross Case, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Mt. Soledad Cross Does Not Memorialize All War Dead

The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will not hear a long-running controversy over a 43-foot-tall cross displayed on government-owned property in San Diego.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomed the court’s refusal of the case. The Christian cross, Americans United says, is not an appropriate symbol to memorialize deceased veterans of many different faith perspectives. Read more

Americans’ Access To Birth Control Must Be Protected, Americans United Tells Obama Administration

Church-State Watchdog Says Religious Groups Should Not Be Allowed To Dictate National Policy On Contraceptives

Religious organizations have no right to meddle in Americans’ private lives by demanding the power to restrict access to birth control, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Americans United told the agency that the creation of a new accommodation for religiously affiliated organizations is unnecessary. Read more

Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court To Rule Against Florida City Commission's Sectarian Invocations

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Lakeland Council Acted Unconstitutionally When It Opened Meetings With Christian Prayers For 25 Years

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to find that the City of Lakeland, Fla., violated the U.S. Constitution when it opened meetings of its city commission with exclusively Christian prayers for 25 years. Read more

Americans United Hails Court Ruling Against New York Town's Sectarian Prayer Policy

Greece’s Invocation Practice Unconstitutionally Affiliated Town With Christianity, Unanimous Federal Appeals Court Panel Holds

When the Greece, N.Y., Town Board regularly opened its monthly meetings with Christian invocations, it favored one faith over others and violated the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court said today.

In a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Guido Calabresi said “a given legislative prayer practice, viewed in its entirety, may not advance a single religious sect.” Read more

Americans United Wins Preliminary Ruling In Delaware Prayer Lawsuit

Federal Court Says Government-Sponsored Recitation of Lord’s Prayer In Sussex County Likely Violates U.S. Constitution

A federal district court granted a preliminary injunction today blocking a Delaware county council from opening its meetings with a distinctively Christian prayer.

Ruling in Mullin v. Sussex County, U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark wrote that the Sussex County Council’s longstanding practice of opening each of its meetings with the recitation of a Protestant version of the Lord’s Prayer probably “violates the Establishment Clause because it constitutes government endorsement of the Christian faith.” Read more

Obama 'Faith-Based' Guidance Is Mixed Bag, Says Americans United

Directive Adds Some Church-State Safeguards, But Falls Short In Other Areas, Says AU's Lynn

An Obama administration guidance dealing with "faith-based" funding adds some welcome constitutional safeguards but falls short in other areas, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more