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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Monday, March 21, 2011
Americans United Protests Sectarian Prayer At Minnesota Senate
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Minnesota Senate to end its practice of opening sessions with prayer. In a letter to Senate leaders , Americans United said abolishing the invocations would be respectful of the state’s religious diversity and more in keeping with constitutional principles. At a minimum, the watchdog group said, the legislative body should ensure that opening prayers are not sectarian.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Americans United Asks Why 'Broke' Nation Still Has Money For D.C. Religious Schools
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) keeps saying the country is “broke” – so Americans United for Separation of Church and State would like to know why he is determined to funnel $20 million in tax dollars to religious schools in Washington, D.C. Boehner is attempting to railroad the reauthorization of a controversial school voucher “experiment” in D.C. through the House.
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Congress Should Reject Federal Funding Of D.C. Religious Schools, AU Tells House Panel
A private school voucher plan aimed at the District of Columbia funnels tax money to religious schools, violates civil rights and does nothing to improve students’ academic achievement, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a House of Representatives panel.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Senate Should Reject Calls to Revive Failed D.C. School Voucher Program, Says Americans United
The U.S. Senate should reject a push to revive a controversial school voucher scheme in the District of Columbia, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) today held a hearing on S. 206, a bill that would allocate $20 million to revive and expand the D.C. voucher “experiment” that is now winding down. The program has used federal funds to pay for tuition for some students at religious and other private schools.
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Monday, February 14, 2011
Public University Is Not Required to Alter Counseling Program to Meet Student’s Religious Demands, Says Americans United
A public university does not have to accommodate a student in a counseling program who refuses to help clients who are in romantic relationships that contradict her religious beliefs, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.
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Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Americans United Applauds Decision Striking Down Ohio Judge’s Ten Commandments Display
A federal appeals court made the right call in requiring a state judge in Ohio to remove a Ten Commandments display from his courtroom, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Americans United Opposes House Speaker's Plan To Give Federal Funding To D.C. Religious Schools
House Speaker John Boehner's plan to subsidize religious schools in the District of Columbia would undercut civil rights and civil liberties and add to the federal budget deficit, while failing to improve education, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Boehner has announced that today he will unveil a bill that would resurrect and expand the controversial experimental D.C. voucher program, which pays for tuition at private schools for some students in Washington, D.C. Americans United says the Boehner move is seriously misguided.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Americans United Files Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee County’s Unconstitutional Preference for Christianity
A Tennessee county's preference for Christianity in its courthouse displays violates the U.S. Constitution, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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Friday, January 07, 2011
Grassley Investigation Of TV Preachers Veers Off Course, Says Americans United
Senate Finance Committee investigation into several high-profile TV ministries went badly off track when staffers recommended that Congress repeal a federal ban on partisan politicking by churches and other non-profit groups, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) announced in 2007 that committee staff would investigate six TV ministries that might have been abusing their non-profit status.
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Monday, December 06, 2010
Congressional Prayer Caucus Off Base With Attack on Obama, Says Americans United
Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus have criticized President Barack Obama for telling an audience in Indonesia last month that the phrase "E Pluribus Unum" is a good summary of the American experience. The Prayer Caucus, led by U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), wrote to Obama today complaining that he called "E Pluribus Unum" the national motto during a Nov. 10 speech at a university in Jakarta. The national motto, the caucus insists, is actually "In God We Trust."
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