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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Friday, November 13, 2009
D.C. Council Should Not Cave In To Catholic Church’s Demands On Marriage Exemption, Says Americans United
The religion exemption in a proposed same-sex marriage bill adequately protects religious freedom, and the District of Columbia Council should not give in to demands from the Catholic Archdiocese that it be broadened, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In a Nov. 10 statement, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington threatened to drop contracts with the District government to provide social services, unless church programs are broadly exempted from civil rights provisions that will protect same-sex couples.
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Election Results Suggest Religious Right Remains Force To Contend With, Says Americans United
Election results in Virginia, New Jersey, New York and Maine serve as a reminder that the Religious Right remains an influential force in political life, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “I wish I could say the Religious Right is dead, but this election shows that reports of its demise are inaccurate,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “The pundits who announced the Religious Right’s demise in 2008 were simply wrong.
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Americans United Urges IRS To Take Necessary Steps To Limit Partisan Activity By Churches
Partisan electioneering by tax-exempt churches is a significant national problem so the Internal Revenue Service must have clear and effective policies in place to respond, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the federal tax agency. The IRS is soliciting comments for new rules governing the enforcement of provisions in federal tax law that bar churches and other tax-exempt religious organizations from endorsing or opposing candidates.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network Warns Americans of ‘Demonic’ Halloween Candy
Put aside your fears of swine flu. TV preacher Pat Robertson's Web site has just issued a bulletin warning Americans of the real threat we face this season: Demons may be lurking in our Halloween candy. In a column on the Christian Broadcasting Network's Web site, writer Kimberly Daniels asserts that "demons" sneak into bags of Halloween candy at grocery stores.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Americans United Issues Update On Proposed Congressional Land Transfer To Michigan Religious School
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed appreciation to a Michigan member of Congress for taking steps to ensure that Coast Guard property in Cheboygan will be sold at fair market value, rather than freely granted to a religious school. On Oct. 14, Americans United wrote to U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) with concerns about a proposal (H.R. 1291) that would give seven acres of public land to a religious school that has been renting the property.
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Friday, October 16, 2009
Americans United Opposes Proposed Congressional Land Grant to Religious School in Michigan
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) to withdraw legislation that would grant seven acres of Coast Guard land to Cornerstone Christian School in Cheboygan, Mich. The school has rented the property from the Coast Guard since 1986. Stupak's measure, H.R. 1291, would allow the government to convey the land to the school for free.
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Thursday, October 01, 2009
Americans United Executive Director Barry Lynn Thanks Religious Right Group For Prayers
Americans United for Separation of Church and State Executive Director Barry W. Lynn today said he's thankful for the prayers being said on his behalf by supporters of a Religious Right group. Liberty Counsel, a far-right legal organization affiliated with the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, has unveiled a program called "Adopt a Liberal." Supporters are exhorted to pray for one of 11 liberals on a list. (See more here .)
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Monday, September 28, 2009
New Book Offers ‘Road Map’ to Avoid Conflicts Over Religion in Public Schools, Says Americans United
A new book published by Americans United for Separation of Church and State gives educators and families detailed information about the law governing religion and the public schools. Religion in the Public Schools: A Road Map for Avoiding Lawsuits and Respecting Parents’ Legal Rights is a 129-page guide that provides a clear and concise account of court rulings on a variety of religious issues related to the classroom.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Americans United, Allied Groups Urge Attorney General to Reverse Bush-Era ‘Faith-Based’ Rule
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today joined a coalition of 58 organizations urging Attorney General Eric Holder to revoke a Bush-era rule regarding "faith-based" funding that the groups say threatens civil rights and religious freedom. In June of 2007, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued a legal memo asserting that a federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) gives religious organizations a blanket right to discriminate on religious grounds when hiring staff in taxpayer-funded programs.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
DC Voucher Program Has Failed to Yield Positive Results, Americans United Tells Senate Committee
Washington, D.C.'s federally funded school voucher plan has not improved student performance for targeted students and serves mainly to subsidize religious education with tax funds, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told a Senate subcommittee today.
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