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, October 11, 2011
IRS Should Investigate Dallas Church For Endorsing Rick Perry, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Dallas church whose pastor has been posting videos of himself endorsing Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the church’s website.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Clergy Should Shun Religious Right's Church Electioneering Campaign
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on the nation’s clergy to reject Religious Right attempts to turn houses of worship into centers for partisan politicking. This Sunday (Oct. 2) the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is sponsoring “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” an event in which evangelical pastors are urged to break the law by endorsing or opposing candidates as they conduct religious services.
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Monday, September 26, 2011
Alabama Town’s ‘Jesus Or Jail’ Policy Violates The Constitution, Americans United Says
Officials in Bay Minette, Ala., have crossed a constitutional line by creating a program that allows low-level offenders to choose between fines and jail or going to church for a year, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “I have just two words for this ill-considered scheme: blatantly unconstitutional,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Government simply can’t put people in a position where their only choice is Jesus or jail.”
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Monday, September 19, 2011
Coalition of Organizations Asks Obama to Clarify Stand on Hiring Bias in 'Faith-Based' Initiative
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined a coalition of religious, education, civil rights, labor and health organizations in a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concern over his approach to hiring bias in the “faith-based” initiative. The 56 groups decided to write after Obama discussed the issue during a town hall meeting in College Park, Md., July 22. They assert that his remarks have only served to cloud the issue.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Americans United, ACLU Challenge Indiana City's Proposed Aid to Religious School
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU of Indiana and the national ACLU today asked a federal court to block an Indiana city's plan to use public funds in support of a religious school. The South Bend Common Council voted 5-4 to spend $1.2 million to buy property that will be transferred to the Catholic Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend for $1. The land will be used by St. Joseph's High School to build a football stadium.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Americans United Urges Supreme Court To Deny Religoius Groups Overly Broad Right To Discriminate
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Supreme Court not to grant religious groups a sweeping right to ignore anti-discrimination laws. AU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case pending before the justices called Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The case deals with a Michigan religious school that fired a teacher because of a medical condition.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Americans United Urges Texas State School Board To Adopt Sound Science Materials
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) to approve sound science materials and keep religious concepts out of public school biology classes. The 15-member elected board convenes today and Friday for a public hearing and to debate and vote on instructional materials for science courses.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Americans United, Allies Challenge Deceptive Ballot Measure in Florida Court
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allied groups today filed a lawsuit challenging a deceptively worded Florida ballot referendum that would promote taxpayer funding of religion.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Americans United Urges IRS to Investigate El Paso Ministry for Mayoral Recall Campaign
A ministry based in El Paso, Texas, should be investigated for organizing a recall campaign against the city’s mayor and two council members, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the Internal Revenue Service today.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Fort Bragg Support Of Graham Evangelistic Event Broke Military Rules, Watchdog Group Says
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked U.S. Army leaders to ensure that officials at Fort Bragg in North Carolina don’t sponsor events that give selective benefits to religious groups.
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