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, February 16, 2012
Religious LIberty Does Not Grant a License to Deny the Rights of Others, Americans United Tells Congressional Panel
Religiously affiliated organizations do not have a religious liberty right to deny their employees birth control coverage in health care plans, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told a congressional panel today. In written testimony submitted today to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, rejected arguments by conservative activists that private employers have a “conscience” right to tailor health care plans to meet their theological beliefs.
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Friday, February 10, 2012
Americans United Commends Obama Commitment to Birth Control Access, but Questions Continuing Political Power of Sectarian Lobbies
The Obama administration’s continuing commitment to birth control access is commendable, but powerful religious and political forces are still trying to roll back women’s health care rights, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The White House announced today that access to birth control will remain an important part of the health care reform plan. But some revisions to the plan will be made to meet the concerns of religiously affiliated institutions.
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Thursday, February 09, 2012
Americans United Settles Texas Lawsuit Over Religious Activities In Public School
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it has settled a lawsuit over school-sponsored religious activity at the Medina Valley Independent School District in Castroville, Texas. Americans United filed the lawsuit in May 2011 on behalf of Christa and Danny Schultz, and their two sons, Trevor and Corwyn, both of whom recently graduated from Medina Valley High School. Members of the Schultz family are agnostics and opposed official prayers during the graduation ceremony and other religious activities at the school.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Americans United Hails Supreme Court Refusal to Intervene in North Carolina Prayer Case
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will not intervene in a controversy over sectarian prayer before meetings of the Forsyth County, N.C., Board of Commissioners. The justices’ action leaves in place an appellate court decision barring the county from regularly opening its meetings with Christian invocations. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, one of the groups sponsoring the lawsuit, said the high court was right not to intervene.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Americans United Urges Kentucky Governor to Keep Public Hospital Free of Church Control
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to block a proposed hospital merger that will subject patients to the medical directives of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Americans United Announces Settlement in Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee County’s Preference for Christianity
A Tennessee county has agreed to erect a local man’s display promoting church-state separation as part of a legal settlement, Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today. Earlier this year, Americans United challenged the Johnson County Commission’s decision to display the Ten Commandments and Christian literature in the county courthouse lobby while refusing to display Ralph Stewart’s posters about the historic role of church-state separation in American law.
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Florida County's Commandments Display Violates Constitution, Americans United Tells Appeals Court
Officials in Dixie County, Fla., have no right to erect a Ten Commandments display in front of their courthouse, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, Americans United argues that efforts to display the six-ton granite Commandments monument at the seat of government are spearheaded by Religious Right groups that want to send a message of exclusion to Americans who don’t share their fundamentalist theology.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Americans United Blasts Congress For Wasting Time On ‘In God We Trust’ Resolution
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official national motto and encouraging its display in public places. Americans United for Separation of Church and State urged Congress to stop squandering time on meaningless issues like this and move on to more important matters.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Americans United Urges Congress to Uphold Church-State Separation, Resist Religous Right Pressure
There are very real and imminent threats to the basic rights and freedoms of religious minorities and nonbelievers in the United States, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a U.S. House panel. The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, testified Oct. 26 before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution as part of a hearing on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States.”
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Americans United and ACLU Lawsuit Causes D.C. Homeless Shelter to Stop Requiring Homeless to Attend Religious Services
A religiously based homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., will no longer require the homeless to attend religious services as a condition of getting food and shelter, and the D.C. government no longer plans to pay tax dollars to the shelter, as a result of a lawsuit filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital. Because of these changes to the terms of the deal, the groups today dismissed the lawsuit, which had challenged the District’s planned support of the shelter.
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