House Vote Blocking Enforcement Of Commandments Ruling 'an Insult To The Constitution,' Says Au

Measure Is 'Pure Political Grandstanding,' Observes AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today denounced a House vote intended to bar enforcement of a federal court decision striking down display of the Ten Commandments in an Alabama courthouse.

Americans United said the July 23 vote by the U.S. House of Representatives is an act of political grandstanding that would never survive court review.

Americans United Criticizes Senate Committee For Vote Favoring Federal Court Nominee Bill Pryor

AU's Lynn Says Pryor's Extreme Views Render Him Unfit To Judge

Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor's nomination to a lifetime seat on the federal appeals court was narrowly approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State deplored the Senate committee's 10-9 party-line approval of Pryor and urged the entire Senate to reject his nomination to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 11th Circuit hears federal appeals from Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Everett, Wash., Commandments Monument Violated Constitution, Au Lawsuit Charges

Church-State Watchdog Group Say City Display Promotes Religion

A Washington city's display of a large granite Ten Commandments monument violates the constitutional separation of church and state, according to a lawsuit filed today.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has sued the city of Everett, Wash., in federal court, seeking a declaration that the Ten Commandments monument, which sits in front of the city's police station, subverts the First Amendment principle of church-state separation, as well as the Washington State Constitution. The case was filed on behalf of Everett resident Jesse Card.

Alabama Judge Roy Moore Plans To Appeal Ten Commandments Ruling To Supreme Court

Action Will Speed Resolution Of Dispute, Says AU's Lynn

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore announced today that he would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the display of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit ruled in early July that the display violated the separation of church and state and would have to be removed. Instead of asking the entire 11th Circuit to review and reverse the three-judge panel's ruling, Moore has opted for a direct appeal of the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

States Should Not Be Required To Fund Clergy Training, Americans United Tells Supreme Court

Watchdog Group Urges Court To Reject TV Preacher Robertson's Bid To Invalidate State Bans On Tax Aid For Religion

The U.S. Constitution does not require the state of Washington to give tuition aid to a ministerial student, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the Supreme Court.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed July 17, Americans United and allied organizations assert that a state law and provisions in the Washington State Constitution barring the use of public funds for religious instruction are permissible to ensure the separation of church and state. The nation's founders, notes AU, repeatedly rejected the use of tax money to pay for religion.

Congressional Votes On Important Church-state Issues Delayed

AU's Lynn Urges More Americans To Contact Members About Controversial Bills, Federal Appeals Court Nominee

Congressional lawmakers this week postponed votes on several contentious church-state issues, providing more time for citizens to add their voices to the simmering battles, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The delays prevented Congress from advancing action on a D.C. voucher bill that funds religious schools, a Head Start revision that would allow publicly funded religious discrimination and a federal appeals court nominee who opposes church-state separation.

House Set To Consider Radical Changes To Head Start, Says Americans United

House Leaders, Bush Administration Push For Publicly Funded Religious Discrimination In Children 's Program

Spurred by pressure from the White House, lawmakers in the House of Representatives are on the verge of voting on a troubling revamp of Head Start that allows hiring discrimination by religious providers.

A vote on "The School Readiness Act of 2003" (H.R. 2210) is expected on the House floor this week.

Tv Preacher Pat Robertson Prays For Supreme Court Changes

Americans United Says Robertson Bent On A Supreme Court That Enforces His Religious Values

TV preacher Pat Robertson, in an apparent effort to promote a Supreme Court that approves his religio-political agenda, is urging his nationwide audience to pray for a change in the make-up of the high court.

Incensed by the Lawrence v. Texas ruling, which stated that gays "are entitled to respect for their private lives," Robertson is seeking divine help in restructuring the nation's top court. To achieve that goal, the religious broadcaster is sponsoring a 21-day "prayer offensive."

Bush's 'faith-based' Drug Plan Poses Serious Constitutional Problems Says Au

Administration Officials Tout Programs That Push Religious Conversion, Discriminate In Hiring

The Bush administration's push for "faith-based" solutions to drug abuse raises serious constitutional problems, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

This week, Bush Drug Czar John P. Walters and other administration officials are campaigning at a series of public appearances for a religiously based response to drug abuse. Today, Walters unveiled a new website and other resources aimed at religious leaders.

House Committee Approves D.c. Voucher Bill

Americans United Says Proposal Would Subsidize Religious Schooling And Employment Discrimination

A federal school voucher bill that would subsidize religious education has passed a committee in Congress.

By a one-vote margin, the U.S. House's Committee on Government Reform today approved a bill that would offer students in Washington, D.C., vouchers of up to $7,500 per year to pay for tuition at religious and other private schools. The committee also kept a controversial provision within the bill, which is backed by the Bush administration, allowing participating private schools to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion and gender.