Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that a public-high-school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., doesn’t have the right to lead players in prayer. An Americans United legal fellow, Andrew Nellis, argued before the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in the case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, so we’re quite familiar with it.
Religious freedom scored a major victory today when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that a Washington public high school had the right to stop its football coach from leading students in prayer.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today hailed a federal appeals court’s ruling rejecting an effort by a public high school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., to pray with students after games.
Joe Kennedy, an assistant coach at Bremerton High School, was placed on administrative leave in 2015 after he refused to stop praying on the 50-yard line at the end of the school football games. He then decided not to reapply to be a coach.
On July 4, many newspapers across the country ran a full-page ad placed by the Hobby Lobby corporation. Headlined “God Bless America,” the ad’s purpose is to imply that Christianity once had a prominent place in American law and government but was forced out by the mean old courts.
Another year, another attempt to encourage proselytizing in public-school classrooms.
Last Thursday, the Florida Senate passed SB 436 by a vote of 23-13, almost entirely along party lines. A revised version in the House – HB 303 – will likely receive a floor vote in the House this week. Then the two chambers will duel it out over the two versions, or better yet, pass neither.
Within 15 minutes it was done: The Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass three extreme bills yesterday – with no debate. The first bill would allow prayer in public schools (SB 450), the second would make the state’s law requiring parental consent for a minor to receive abortion care even more severe (SB 753) and the third would gut the state’s civil rights laws by allowing a range of individuals and businesses to discriminate as long as it’s based on a sincerely held religious belief (SB 197). It was as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Presidents Day is a good time to reflect on some of the great things chief executives have said about separation of church and state and religious freedom.
Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.
As the nation pauses to remember civil rights leader this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this great American leader really thought about church-state issues.
Americans will go to the polls tomorrow and elect a new president. It’s an awesome responsibility, one of the defining characteristics of a free people.
Americans United is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Under federal law, we can’t endorse or oppose candidates (although we can take sides on ballot referenda). Unlike some Religious Right groups, we respect this law and follow it.
It’s not our job to tell you how to vote. It is our job to remind you why civic participation is important. And it’s our job to tell you – and all Americans – what we stand for.
It’s Halloween, and I’m looking forward to distributing treats to the neighborhood children who come to my house tonight. As long as those creepy clowns stay away, it’s sure to be a good time.
I enjoy a good horror movie every now and then, but to me, the real world provides a more disturbing array of actual chills. In fact, here are seven things way scarier than ghosts, werewolves, zombies – and even phantom clowns: