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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Thursday, March 04, 2010
Americans United Urges Senate to Reject Lieberman School Voucher Amendment
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate to reject an amendment reauthorizing Washington, D.C.'s controversial school voucher program. The District of Columbia voucher plan was initially authorized in 2004 as a five-year experiment. Studies indicate that the program has been academically unsuccessful and marred by problems, but supporters are trying to breathe new life into it.
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Monday, February 22, 2010
Americans United Asks IRS to Investigate Partisan Politicking at Liberty University
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a pattern of partisan politics at Liberty University, asserting that Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. used school resources to intervene in a November House of Delegates election.
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Thursday, February 04, 2010
Americans United Joins Broad Coalition of Groups Asking Obama to Reform ‘Faith-Based’ Initiative
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today joined 25 national religious and public policy organizations in a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to make major changes to the "faith-based" initiative.
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Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Church-State Watchdog Group Urges Obama To Keep Promise To Fix 'Faith-Based' Initiative
President Barack Obama should honor his pledge to reform the “faith-based” initiative by banning job discrimination in tax-funded programs and making it clear that public funds cannot support proselytizing, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In a letter sent to Obama today, Americans United urged the president to reverse Bush-era faith-based policies that remain in effect today and follow through on reforms he proposed when he was a candidate.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Ohio Judge Has No Right to Push Religion in Courtroom, Says Americans United
An Ohio judge should remove a poster displaying the Ten Commandments from his courtroom, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Americans United Warns Louisiana Education Board Not To Adopt Review Policy That Favors Creationism
A new policy under consideration by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is slanted to favor creationism and should be revised, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Due to lobbying by the Religious Right, Louisiana legislators approved a law in 2008 that allows for "supplemental materials" to be used in public school science classes. The Board has developed a policy for reviewing these materials that is seriously flawed, says Americans United.
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Americans United Urges Army Officials To Alter ‘Church Retreat’ Program At Missouri Base
U.S. military officials should make further changes at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri to ensure that soldiers are not subjected to unwanted religious proselytism, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Pennsylvania County Agrees to Remove Religious Symbols From Courthouse Lawn
The Luzerne County Commissioners have agreed to remove two separate religious displays - a crèche and a menorah - from the lawn of the Luzerne County Courthouse after receiving a letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. In the Dec. 11 letter, the two civil liberties groups informed the county that the displays are an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.
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Monday, December 14, 2009
First Amendment Does Not Protect Criminal Activities by Staff at Religious Organizations, Says Americans United
The First Amendment's religious liberty provisions do not shield houses of worship from liability when their staff members or volunteers commit crimes, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the Nevada Supreme Court. Americans United and several other organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief Dec. 11 in Nevada's top court asserting that point.
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Monday, December 07, 2009
Supreme Court Should Reject Religious Discrimination at Public Universities, Says Americans United
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will hear a dispute from California involving an evangelical Christian club at a public law school that wants recognition and funding as an official campus organization, even though it discriminates on religious grounds. Americans United for Separation of Church and State urged the high court to use the case as a vehicle to make it clear that groups seeking public funding and official recognition on public college campuses must be open to all.
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