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, May 10, 2010
Senate Committee Should Question Elena Kagan on Issues Relating to Church-State Separation, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on her views concerning a range of church-state issues. President Barack Obama today announced the nomination of Kagan, currently U.S. solicitor general, to the high court. Since Kagan has not been a judge, she lacks a clear record on church-state separation issues.
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Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Americans United and ACLU File Lawsuit Over Public School Graduations at Church
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU of Connecticut and the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit in federal court charging that the Enfield (Conn.) Public Schools' decision to hold their high school graduation ceremonies at a Christian church unconstitutionally imposes religion on students.
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Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Nebraska Group’s Evangelistic Rallies At Public Schools May Result In Lawsuit, Says Americans United
A Nebraska religious group that holds evangelistic rallies during the school day in public schools may be held legally liable for violating the Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In a letter today, Americans United warned officials of the Todd Becker Foundation that they can be held responsible for infringing on the religious neutrality of public schools and the religious liberty rights of students.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Congressional Earmarks for Religious Groups Raise Church-State Concerns, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on the Obama administration to investigate ten earmarks for religious schools and ministries that raise constitutional issues about inappropriate public funding of religion.
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Friday, April 09, 2010
Americans United Praises Justice Stevens' Record On Church And State
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens for his record of support for church-state separation and expressed the hope that his replacement will hold similar views. Stevens, the oldest member of the court, announced this morning that he will retire at the end of this term. President Barack Obama is expected to soon reveal his choice to replace Stevens.
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Friday, March 26, 2010
IRS Should Investigate Florida Church For Opposing Mayoral Candidate, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a church in Gainesville, Fla., that posted a sign opposing a mayoral candidate. Dove World Outreach Center erected a sign on its property reading, “No Homo Mayor.” The reference is to Craig Lowe, a mayoral candidate who is gay. Contacted about the matter by the Gainesville Sun, a top church official admitted that the church had erected the sign.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Los Angeles Movie Premiere Canceled After Religious Right Filmmaker’s Anti-Gay Past Is Exposed by Americans United
The Los Angeles premiere of a Religious Right group's film has been canceled after Americans United for Separation of Church and State exposed the organization's track record of virulently anti-gay rhetoric. Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament, had been scheduled to attend the premiere of "Islam Rising: Geert Wilders' Warning to the West," a film produced by the Christian Action Network (CAN). He canceled after learning about CAN's record of anti-gay extremism.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Universities May Deny Funding To Student Clubs That Discriminate, Groups Tell High Court
Public colleges and universities should have the constitutional right to deny funding and official recognition to student clubs that engage in religious discrimination, a trio of religious and civil liberties groups has told the Supreme Court.
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Monday, March 15, 2010
Americans United Warns Tuscaloosa County Commission to Stop Ignoring Records-Request Law
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today warned members of the Tuscaloosa County Commission to abide by the state's records-request law or face the consequences. More than a year ago, attorneys with Americans United wrote to the County Commission requesting documents related to the county officials' practice of opening its meetings with sectarian prayers. There has been no response.
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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Obama Inaction On Faith-Based Initiative Is Deeply Disappointing, Says Americans United
A presidential advisory council is scheduled to offer recommendations today on the “faith-based” initiative and other issues, but critics say the report is overshadowed by President Barack Obama’s failure to fix problematic Bush-era rules that undercut civil rights and civil liberties. The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships will issue recommendations about the White House faith-based office and a wide range of other issues during a day-long session at the White House.
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