D.C. Federal Appeals Court Ruling On Contraceptives Is Misguided, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Criticizes Ruling That Allows Owners Of Secular Corporations To Curb Employee Access To Birth Control

A federal appeals court ruling today that allows owners of secular for-profit corporations to refuse to provide certain forms of birth control to their employees is a dangerous distortion of the concept of religious freedom, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Maryland Town Council Agrees To Discontinue Recitation Of Lord’s Prayer At Meetings

Brentwood Council Ends Official Invocations Thanks To Complaint Brought By Americans United On Behalf Of Local Residents

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

Supreme Court Should Not Permit Sectarian Prayers Before Local Board Meetings, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges High Court To Require Town Board To Respect Religious Minorities’ Freedom of Conscience

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