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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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Federal Appeals Court Made Correct Call On Religion At School Graduation, Says Americans United
A federal appeals court ruled today that officials at an Everett, Wash., school district were within their rights to omit religious music from a graduation ceremony. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case siding with the school district, hailed the ruling.
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Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Americans United Denounces Arizona Preacher’s Death Prayers Against Obama
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today denounced the violent rhetoric of an Arizona preacher who is praying for the death of President Barack Obama and called on Religious Right leaders to repudiate such extremism.
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Monday, August 31, 2009
Lawsuit Challenging Government Funding of ‘Faith-Based’ Youth Home to Go Forward
A federal appeals court ruled today that a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State challenging government funding of a religious group's youth home in Kentucky can go forward. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling and ruled that taxpayers have standing to bring a legal challenge to the state's decision to fund Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children (since renamed Sunrise Children's Services), which indoctrinated children placed under state care with its religious beliefs.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Kennedy Was Champion of Church-State Separation, Says Americans United
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, today issued the following statement on the death of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.):
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Illinois May Not Fund Religion, Americans United Warns State Officials
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today challenged Illinois state government’s plan to distribute millions of dollars in state funds to religious organizations. In a letter to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Americans United insisted that the Constitution clearly forbids the use of public funds to subsidize religion.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Federal Court to Hear Arguments in Case Challenging City-Sponsored Prayer in Greece, N.Y.
A federal court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging the use of sectarian invocations before meetings of the Greece, N.Y., Town Board. Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed suit on behalf of two town residents last year. The residents say the near-unanimous use of sectarian prayers sends a message of exclusion to non-Christians.
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Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Americans United Urges Supreme Court to Reject Scheme Designed to Keep Cross on Public Land
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged the Supreme Court to overturn a congressional scheme to maintain a cross on public land in California, insisting that government should refrain from displaying sectarian symbols.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Congress Should Reject Scheme to Extend DC School Voucher Plan, Says Americans United
Congress should reject proposed legislation that would breathe new life into Washington, D.C.'s controversial private school voucher plan, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. U.S. Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) introduced legislation today to reauthorize the federally funded D.C. program. The plan was originally funded for five years and has expired.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Americans United Commends Appellate Court Decision Against Bible Distribution in Mo. Public School
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised a federal appeals court decision barring Bible distribution in a Missouri public school district. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the South Iron R-1 School District may not allow distribution of Bibles to children in elementary school.
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Thursday, July 09, 2009
Americans United Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Ascertain Sotomayor's Views on Church-State Separation
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today reiterated its call for the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on issues relating to religious liberty and church-state separation. The committee is scheduled to begin hearings on Sotomayor on Monday. In advance of that, Americans United has released a report listing Sotomayor's rulings on church-state issues.
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