Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Americans United Dismayed By High Court Ruling Restricting Birth Control Access
he Supreme Court’s ruling allowing the owners of some secular, for-profit companies to deny their employees access to birth control is a blow to individual conscience and medical privacy rights, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “This decision is a double-edged disaster,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “It conjures up fake religious freedom rights for corporations while being blind to the importance of birth control to America’s working women.”
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Monday, May 05, 2014
Americans United Disappointed That U.S. Supreme Court Ruled in Favor of Sectarian Prayer Before Town Board Meetings
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today strongly condemned a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the town of Greece, N.Y.’s policy of opening government meetings with Christian prayers. In a 5-4 decision today, the high court said that Marsh v. Chambers, a 1983 ruling that permits state legislatures to pay for official chaplains and open sessions with prayers, authorizes the town’s practice.
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Monday, April 28, 2014
Americans United Urges Okla. School Board to Drop Bible Curriculum
A Bible curriculum designed by Steve Green,owner of Hobby Lobby, is taught from a sectarian perspective and should not be implemented by the Mustang, Okla., school board, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. In a letter to the board sent last week, Americans United warned Mustang education officials that the curriculum is problematic.
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Friday, November 01, 2013
Federal Appeals Court Ruling on Contraceptives in Misguided
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.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
For-Profit Florida Firm Has No Religious Freedom Right to Deny Workers Access to Contraceptives
A Florida company that manufactures electrical products cannot exercise religion and therefore cannot exempt itself from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, Americans United has told a federal appeals court.
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Monday, October 28, 2013
Americans United and Allied Groups Ask Federal Court to Nullify Nevada and Hawaii Bans on Same-Sex Marriage
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined a legal brief asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to nullify amendments to the state constitutions of Nevada and Hawaii that prohibit same-sex marriage.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
For-Profit Firm Doesn't Have Religious Freedom Right ot Deny Workers Access to Contraceptives, Americans United Tells Court
A Michigan-based company that produces organic foods does not have a religious liberty right to deny its employees access to birth control, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has advised a federal appeals court. Americans United and allied organizations yesterday filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case involving Eden Foods, headquartered in Clinton, Mich. The company’s owners are demanding an exemption from a regulation issued under the Affordable Care Act that requires most secular employers to include contraception in employee health-insurance plans.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Supreme Court Marriage Decisions Advance Equality, While Preserving Religious Liberty For All
Today’s Supreme Court marriage decisions advance equality while preserving religious freedom, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The high court ruled 5-4 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The justices said the federal statute violates the equal liberty protections of the Fifth Amendment.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Must End Religious Discrimination, Says Americans United
In a letter sent to the USCIS today, Americans United said the federal agency is continuing to discriminate on the basis of religion by failing to offer legally required accommodations from parts of the citizenship oath that are inconsistent with some applicants’ beliefs about religion.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Courts to Uphold Contraceptive Access
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told federal courts now considering the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s birth-control mandate that employers do not have a religious liberty right to deny their employees access to contraceptives.
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