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Forsyth Saga: N.C. Challenge To Government Prayer Reaches Appeals Court

A courtroom in Richmond, Va., will be the site of a church-state showdown on Thursday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in an important case dealing with official prayer before government bodies. Americans United will be there. Read more

Flag Football: Religious Right Sneak Play Would Keep Christian Banner Flying

As usual, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is advancing a scheme to skirt the Constitution.

Lawyers at the Religious Right legal outfit have come to the aid of city officials in King, N.C., eager to provide advice on a new policy regarding religious flags at the community veterans memorial. Read more

Flag Furor: North Carolina Town Battles Over Christian Banner

Americans United has always strived to educate the public about what the Constitution says about religious freedom.

Some days, we feel we have done a good job and that most Americans really do understand that keeping the government separate from religion is the only way to secure religious liberty for all. Other days, however, we are reminded of how much more work we have ahead of us to make that message clear.

Today is one of those disappointing days. Read more

CSI Davidson: Church-College Cops Can’t Have State Power, Says N.C. Court

Fighting crime can’t be easy, but deputizing religious groups to do the job of police officers definitely isn’t the answer.

Fortunately, that shouldn’t be happening in North Carolina, thanks to a unanimous state appellate court decision yesterday. In State of North Carolina v. Yencer, a three-judge panel ruled that it is an unconstitutional “government entanglement with religion” to allow a religious school’s security officers to enforce state law. Read more

Invocation Infraction: N.C. Commission Votes To Continue Sectarian Prayer

Some residents of Henderson County, N.C., seem determined to fight unnecessary battles.

According to news reports, the Henderson County Commission held a meeting last night to hear from the community and take a final vote on whether its monthly meetings should continue to open with sectarian invocations. Read more

Invoking Discord: North Carolina County Grapples With Prayer At Government Meetings

The issue of prayer before government meetings continues to generate controversy around the country. Yesterday I mentioned a flap in Sevier County, Tenn., where members of the Board of Commissioners routinely open their meetings with the Lord’s Prayer. Read more

Getting Testy: Asheville Agitators Want To Deny Council Seat To Atheist

Part of my job here at Americans United is to correspond with the general public. Frequently I find myself engaged in answering the most basic of questions. I'm often explaining the significance of Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists wherein he coined the phrase "wall of separation between church and state." Read more

Shekels And Shackles: What The Government Funds It Also Regulates

As a kid I attended a private religious school for eight years. In the seventh grade, a new student joined our class.

Molly was – how shall I say this? – a "problem child." She smoked cigarettes, frequently cut class, cussed like a longshoreman and ran with a rough crowd. Our school was known for its strict discipline (not to mention intimidating nuns), and Molly's parents hoped it would provide the structure she needed.

It didn't work out that way.

After just a few months, Molly was gone. Even the nuns couldn't handle her. She was sent back to public school. Read more

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