Subscribe to RSS - coercive prayer

Americans United Hails Federal Appeals Court’s Ruling In Mich. Government Prayer Case

Court Notes That Resident Who Brought Case Was Ridiculed By Jackson County Officials

A federal appeals court today ruled that county commissioners in Jackson County, Mich., may not open their meetings by personally delivering prayers that are exclusively Christian in nature.

The case, Bormuth v. County of Jackson, was brought by a local resident who is a Druid and who opposed the prayer policy. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in Peter Bormuth’s favor.

Americans United says the court made the right call.

'Christians-Only' Prayer?

Rob Hudelson, a member of the Coolidge, Ariz., City Council, has strong opinions about the role of Chris­tianity in government.

“I think it’s very important,” Hudelson said during a September council meeting. “We just proclaimed Constitution Week. You know what was said at the end of the [Revolutionary] War? A treaty in Paris that said, ‘In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity.’ You don’t get that from the Quran. You get it from the Bible. You get it from Christianity. That’s our heritage.”

Americans United Asks Federal Court To Strike Down N.C. County’s Prayer Practice

Government Officials Coerced Citizens To Participate in Christian Prayer, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

The Rowan County, N.C., Board of Commissioners’ practice of coercing citizens to participate in Christian prayers at its meetings should be struck down, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Stop Promoting Christianity In Workplace, Americans United Tells Kansas Secretary Of State

State Official’s Creation Of Devotional Booklet And Promotion Of Bible Study Run Afoul Of Constitution, Church-State Watchdog Says

Attorneys with Americans United for Separation of Church and State today warned Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach to stop using his office to promote Christianity and to cease coercing employees to attend religious services.

Mich. County Must Stop Imposing Christian Prayers At Meetings, Americans United Says

Federal Court Should Rule Prayer Practice Unconstitutional, Church-State Watchdog Asserts In Legal Brief

The Jackson County, Mich., Board of Commissioners has violated the First Amendment by composing and delivering Christian prayers at its public meetings and pressuring citizens to participate in those prayers, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Cops For Christ?: New Ala. Program Seeks To Fight Crime With Police-Backed Evangelical Proselytism

A new police program in Montgomery, Ala., is raising serious constitutional concerns.

The Atlantic reports that city police, who are facing what has been described as the worst crime wave in decades, have devised a novel solution to the problem: “Operation Good Shepherd.” It ran all summer and involved training local Christian ministers, preparing them to visit crime scenes right alongside working police officers.