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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Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Americans United Criticizes Smithsonian For Caving In To Religious Right Pressure On Art Exhibit
A video that was part of an art exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., should not have been pulled at the behest of government officials and aggressive religious groups, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Americans United criticized U.S. Reps. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Eric Cantor (R-Va.) – who will likely be speaker of the House and majority leader next year – for demanding that the Smithsonian Institution remove the video.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Obama Administration Should Take Action to Fix 'Faith-Based' Initiative, Americans United Tells Congress
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today told Congress that Bush-era rules governing the "faith-based" initiative are unacceptable and should be promptly overturned. In testimony to a U.S. House subcommittee, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, noted that President Barack Obama promised to fix the constitutional problems but so far has taken only modest steps in that direction.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Obama Executive Order on ‘Faith-Based’ Initiative Is Disappointing, Says Americans United
Today's White House executive order on "faith-based" funding fails to correct significant constitutional problems and leaves important civil rights issues unresolved, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Americans United applauded President Barack Obama's decision to require federal agencies to provide alternatives for people who do not want to receive social services at religious charities and also welcomed a process to create greater transparency in the program by requiring that recipient organizations be listed on government Web sites.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Election Turned On Economic Issues, But Constitution May Suffer Collateral Damage, Says Americans United
Voters want Congress to focus on fixing the economy, but Religious Right groups are sure to demand that attention be paid to their divisive agenda, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Exit polls show that more than 60 percent of voters cited the economy as their top concern in yesterday's voting. The figure was even higher in states hard hit by the financial setbacks. But the changes in Congress, says Americans United, will empower Religious Right leaders who will insist on action on controversial social issues.
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Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Taxpayers Should Have The Right To Challenge Government Aid To Religious Schools, Americans United Tells High Court
The right of taxpayers to challenge public funding of religious education must be preserved, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court tomorrow will hear Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, a case that challenges 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.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Prop. 8 Ban Has No Legitimate Basis, Americans United Tells Appeals Court
California’s ban on civil marriage for same-sex couples is based on intolerance, pseudo-science and religious dogma, not legitimate public policy concerns, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.
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Monday, October 18, 2010
IRS Should Investigate Minnesota Church for Electioneering, Says Americans United
A Minnesota church whose pastor endorsed several political candidates during an Oct. 17 sermon should be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Americans United today filed a formal complaint with the IRS over the action of Berean Bible Baptist Church in Hastings. Church pastor Brad Brandon endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and several other candidates from the pulpit yesterday.
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Friday, October 08, 2010
Americans United Urges Appeals Court to Strike Down the National Day of Prayer
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to find the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United urged the panel of judges to affirm a lower court decision that held the National Day of Prayer statute unconstitutional.
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Thursday, October 07, 2010
IRS Should Investigate N.Y. Church That Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate, Says Americans United
A Brooklyn church that endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew M. Cuomo should be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Iowa Church’s Election Campaign Against State Supreme Court Justices Merits IRS Investigation, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Internal Revenue Service to investigate an Iowa church that is organizing a church-based campaign to unseat three justices from the Iowa Supreme Court. Cornerstone World Outreach, a Sioux City congregation, is sponsoring Project Jeremiah, a church-based campaign to encourage voting against the judges in a retention election on the Nov. 2 ballot. Religious Right activists are seeking the defeat of the judges because they ruled in favor of extending civil-marriage rights to same-sex couples.
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