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, June 30, 2011
Americans United Lawsuit Challenges Sectarian Prayers At Delaware County Council Meetings
A Delaware county council’s insistence on opening meetings with Christian prayer violates the U.S. Constitution and sends the message that non-Christians are second-class citizens, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Obama Urged To Restore Anti-Bias Protections In Federal Contracts
A coalition of religious, civil liberties and public policy groups today asked President Barack Obama to restore long-standing federal anti-discrimination protections undercut by the Bush “faith-based” initiative.
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Thursday, June 09, 2011
Americans United Urges Texas Governor to Drop Promotion of Fundamentalist Revival Event
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today sent a letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, urging him to drop his sponsorship and promotion of a fundamentalist Christian prayer rally. Perry initiated the Aug. 6 event, called The Response, and has invited the nation’s 49 other governors to endorse it and attend. The day-long Christian rally is scheduled to take place at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Attendees are asked to fast and bring Bibles.
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Friday, May 27, 2011
Americans United Files Lawsuit Against Texas School Disctrict Over Graduation Prayers
Americans United for Separation of Church and State on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Medina Valley Independent School District in Castroville, Texas, over the district’s plans to include official prayer during its June 4 graduation ceremony. The lawsuit was filed after officials with the district refused to remove a student-led invocation and benediction from the upcoming ceremony. Americans United argues that the district is in clear violation of Supreme Court rulings and is seeking emergency relief.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Americans United Criticizes Kentucky Officials for Offering Tax Aid to Fundamentalist Theme Park
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today blasted officials in Kentucky for their decision to award more than $50 million in tax incentives to a theme park centered around Noah’s Ark. A fundamentalist Christian group sought the aid to erect a so-called “Ark Park” in Williamstown. Gov. Steve Beshear backed the scheme, saying it would bring jobs to the state.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Oklahoma Anti-Sharia Amendment Violates U.S. Constitution, Groups Tell Appeals Court
An Oklahoma constitutional amendment that purports to ban Islamic law in the state singles out Muslims for discrimination and should not be enforced, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and other groups have told a federal appeals court.
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Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Congress-Mandated Prayer Day Undercuts Religious Liberty, Says Americans United
Tomorrow’s government-proclaimed day of prayer is impossible to square with the constitutional separation of church and state, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “Americans don’t need a federal government directive to tell them when, whether and how to pray,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “There are many things that government does well, but managing Americans’ religious lives isn’t one of them.”
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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Americans United Criticizes Appeals Court Ruling Dismissing Challenge to National Day of Prayer
A federal appeals court today ruled that citizens do not have the right to challenge the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer (NDP), a decision Americans United for Separation of Church and State says is misguided and poorly reasoned.
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Monday, April 04, 2011
Americans United Condemns Supreme Court Ruling Dismissing Challenge to State Aid to Arizona Religious Schools
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized a U.S. Supreme Court ruling dismissing a challenge to tax aid to religious schools in Arizona. In a 5-4 ruling, the high court today turned back a legal challenge to an Arizona scheme that allows taxpayers to take a 100 percent credit for donations to “school tuition organizations” that fund religious and other private schools. The court said the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the case.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Americans United Chastises House For Vote In Favor School Vouchers
Today’s U.S. House vote in favor of a $100 million giveaway to religious schools wastes taxpayer dollars and undermines the public school system, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The House voted 225-195 for a school voucher program that pays for tuition at religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia. Critics say H.R. 471, introduced and aggressively pushed by House Speaker John Boehner, would reauthorize and expand a failed voucher “experiment” begun during the George W. Bush administration.
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