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, February 17, 2009
NYC Must Obey Church-State Rules When Converting Catholic Schools to Charter Schools, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today advised New York City officials and Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio to abide by constitutional requirements when converting four Catholic schools in Brooklyn to charter schools. Fourteen Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens are scheduled to close this year. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials are considering leasing some of the buildings and converting the schools into public charter schools.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Americans United Warns Milwaukee-Area Schools Not to Hold Graduation Ceremonies in Church
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned three Wisconsin public school districts and a community college that they may face litigation if they do not stop holding graduation ceremonies in a church.
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
Americans United Says President Obama's 'Faith-Based' Program Lacks Adequate Constitutional Safeguards
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment that President Barack Obama's "faith-based" initiative is being rolled out without repeal of Bush-era policies that violate civil rights and civil liberties. Obama issued an executive order today appointing Joshua DuBois as executive director of the White House faith-based office and setting up an advisory council on faith-based and other issues.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Americans United Says Obama Should Act Swiftly to Fix Constitutional Flaws of 'Faith-Based' Office
Media outlets reported today that President Barack Obama will name Joshua DuBois, a Pentecostal minister who did religious outreach during the campaign, to head a revamped White House office of "faith-based" initiatives. The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, called on Obama to act quickly to overturn executive orders and other policies from the Bush administration that undercut civil rights and civil liberties.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Americans United Urges Senate to Reject 'Compassion Capital' Funding in Economic Recovery Package
The U.S. Senate should not go along with a House plan that provides $100 million in "faith-based" funding as part of the federal economic recovery package, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. HR 1, the measure approved by the House yesterday, includes a $100 million appropriation for the "Compassion Capital" Fund (CCF), a key component of former President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative.
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Monday, January 12, 2009
White House Report Seeks to Mask Monumental Failure of 'Faith-Based' Initiative, Says Americans United
Today’s White House report on President George W. Bush’s “faith-based” initiative seeks to mask the shortcomings of a badly failed policy, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “The Bush initiative played crass politics with social service funding and jeopardized civil rights and civil liberties,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “All the PR spin in the world can’t turn this monumental Bush failure into a success.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Arkansas Public School's Promotion of Religion Violates Constitution, Says Americans United
A public school in Arkansas violated the U.S. Constitution by arranging construction of a special meeting room for a Christian student group, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. School officials at Fountain Lake High School in Hot Springs, Ark., refer to the room, built for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as the “FCA room.” The space was constructed as an addition to the school’s football complex; it contains a plaque that displays a cross and the words “Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meets Here!”
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Monday, December 29, 2008
Role Of Religion In Presidential Campaign Heads 2008 'Top Ten' List Of Church-State Stories
The role of religion in the presidential campaign tops the 2008 "Top Ten" list of top church-state stories, according to the editors of Church & State . The monthly magazine, published by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, is the nation's only news periodical devoted exclusively to the intersection of religion and government. Said Church & State publisher Barry W. Lynn, "It was a wild and crazy year. To tell you the truth, I'm glad it's coming to a close. I'm hopeful 2009 will be a lot better."
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Friday, December 19, 2008
Military Does Not Have to Credit Retiree's Religious Work, Federal Appeals Court Rules
A federal appeals court has ruled that a military retiree has no right to be compensated by the federal government for work he did as a youth pastor, in a case an attorney with Americans United for Separation of Church and State helped argue. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 18 that the rights of Linden Bowman, a former sergeant in the Air Force, were not violated when military officials ruled his religious work was ineligible for the Department of Defense’s Community Service Program.
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