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

Newswire article
Monday, June 08, 2009
IRS Should Investigate Virginia Church for Partisan Politicking, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Richmond church that endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran during June 7 services. Moran visited and spoke at the Fifth Street Baptist Church, where he was endorsed by its pastor, the Rev. F. Todd Gray. Gray advised his flock that he plans to vote for Moran, reported The Washington Post.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
IRS Should Review Liberty University’s Tax-Exempt Status for Partisan Politicking, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to review the tax-exempt status of Liberty University in the wake of the school's decision to yank official recognition of a student-run Democratic club. Last week, Liberty officials informed the president of the Democratic club that it is no longer eligible for university recognition, including funding through student activity fees. The goals of the Democratic Party, school officials insisted, are contrary to Liberty's evangelical Christian outlook.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Americans United Criticizes California Supreme Court Ruling Allowing Ban on Same-Sex Marriage to Stand
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment with the California Supreme Court ruling upholding Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state. "Marriage is a civil right and should not be subject to majority rule or a religious litmus test," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Supreme Court Nominee Should Be Closely Questioned on Church-State Views, Says Americans United
The Senate Judiciary Committee should thoroughly question Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to determine her views on church-state separation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. President Barack Obama today announced the nomination of Sotomayor, currently a judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, to the high court. It appears that Sotomayor has not written widely on church-state issues, meaning the committee has an obligation to ascertain her views.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Americans United Joins Public Education Allies in Seeking End to DC School Voucher Plan
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined allies in the public education community to demand that Washington, D.C.'s federally funded private school voucher "experiment" not be extended. Americans United says the program, which pays for tuition at religious and other private schools, was originally conceived as a five-year pilot program. The plan, pushed through by the Bush administration, has failed to boost student achievement, and AU insists it should be discontinued.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
Americans United Urges Oklahoma Governor to Veto Ten Commandments Bill
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today advised Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry to veto a legislative measure that would authorize a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Americans United Commends Obama for Discontinuing Religious Right-Focused Prayer Event at White House
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today commended President Barack Obama for discontinuing an annual Religious Right-focused prayer service held during the previous eight years at the White House. Obama has indicated that he will sign a proclamation recognizing the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, but that no special White House prayer service will be held.
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Monday, April 27, 2009
Proposed 'Christian' License Plates in Florida May Spark Lawsuit
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged the Florida Senate to reject a bill creating two "Christian" license plates for state motorists and warned that a lawsuit may result if the measure becomes law. SB 642 mandates issuance of a plate depicting the crucified head of Jesus complete with a crown of thorns. It also mandates a second plate featuring a large cross, a stained-glass church window and the words "I Believe."
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Americans United Files Suit to Block Public School Graduation Ceremonies in Wisconsin Church
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a lawsuit in federal court to block a Wisconsin public school district from holding graduation ceremonies in the sanctuary of an evangelical church. The suit, filed on behalf of a graduating senior and several families in the district, challenges the Elmbrook School District's decision to hold graduation ceremonies for Brookfield Central High School and Brookfield East High School at Elmbrook Church.
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Thursday, April 09, 2009
Department of Health and Human Services Should Revoke Bush-Era 'Conscience' Rules, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to rescind a regulation put in place by former President George W. Bush dealing with religious objections to medical procedures, saying the rule could violate patients' rights. The sweeping regulation, implemented by Bush in December, essentially gives health-care workers a right to refuse to take part in any procedure that they say violates their religious beliefs.
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