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.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
IRS Should Investigate Okla. Church That Endorsed Candidate, Says Americans United
The Internal Revenue Service should investigate an Edmond, Okla., church whose pastor endorsed a gubernatorial candidate from the pulpit, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Pastor Paul Blair of Fairview Baptist Church endorsed Republican hopeful Mary Fallin from the pulpit during services Sept. 26. Federal law prohibits all 501(c)(3) non-profit groups, which includes houses of worship, from intervening in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Army Must Cancel Evangelistic Event at Fort Bragg, Says Americans United
An evangelistic rally jointly sponsored by U.S. military personnel and evangelical Christian churches and ministries violates the U.S. Constitution and must be cancelled, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The “Rock the Fort” event at Fort Bragg this weekend targets both military personnel and adults and children in the surrounding community for conversion to Christianity.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Americans United Urges Texas State School Board to Reject Resolution on ‘Pro-Islamic/Anti-Christian’ Bias
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Texas State Board of Education to reject a resolution that criticizes publishers for allegedly promoting "pro-Islamic/anti-Christian bias" in world history textbooks. The resolution, put forward by an ultra-conservative faction on the board, vows to reject textbooks that "offend Texas law with respect to treatment of the world's major religious groups by significant inequalities of coverage space-wise and/or by demonizing or lionizing one or more of them over others." It warns that discriminatory treatmen
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Americans United Advises Churches to Reject Religious Right’s Pulpit Politicking Scheme
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is urging houses of worship to reject Religious Right appeals to politicize their pulpits. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a group founded and funded by TV preachers, is urging evangelical pastors to openly break federal tax law this Sunday by using the pulpit to endorse or oppose candidates. The ADF calls its stunt "Pulpit Freedom Sunday."
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Americans United Advises Churches To Reject Religious Right's Pulpit Politicking Scheme
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is urging houses of worship to reject Religious Right appeals to politicize their pulpits. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a group founded and funded by TV preachers, is urging evangelical pastors to openly break federal tax law this Sunday by using the pulpit to endorse or oppose candidates. The ADF calls its stunt “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.”
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Monday, September 20, 2010
Americans United, Allies Urge Federal Appeals Court to Rehear Case Challenging Religiously Based Hiring Bias
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allied groups have asked a federal appellate court to reconsider a decision dealing with religious bias in hiring at publicly funded “faith-based” charities. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently that World Vision, an evangelical Christian relief agency, had the right to fire workers who hold views that conflict with the agency’s religious viewpoint.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Religious Right Hopes To Board Tea Party Express, Says AU
Religious Right leaders will be busy this weekend trying to line up a merger with the increasingly powerful Tea Party movement, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. With hundreds of Religious Right activists gathering in Washington, D.C., for the annual "Values Voter Summit," analysts are examining the relationship between these two powerful political forces -- and the role of religion and politics in the 2010 election season.
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Thursday, September 09, 2010
Ralph Reed Is Betting Evangelical Voters Will Forget His Casino-Lobbyist Past, Says Americans United
Hoping to reemerge as a leader of the Religious Right, former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed will hold a national meeting in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10-11 under the auspices of his new Faith and Freedom Coalition. Reed will be successful only if evangelical Christians engage in a case of collective amnesia, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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Friday, August 27, 2010
Beck Rallies Undercut Church-State Separation, Says Watchdog Group
Fox News Channel personality Glenn Beck's rallies in Washington, D.C., are an attack on religious liberty and our nation's rich religious diversity, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Tonight's event at the Kennedy Center, "Divine Destiny," is billed by Beck as a way to "reunite" Americans, "heal your soul" and take a "look at the role faith played in the founding of America and the role it will play again in its destiny."
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Virginia A.G.'s Advisory on Religious Displays May Lead to Lawsuits, Says AU
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's advisory on Christmas Nativity scenes and other religious displays on public property is deeply misguided, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Cuccinelli, in an official opinion issued Aug. 20, said local governments and government employees may erect religious displays under certain circumstances. The opinion downplayed church-state separation and emphasized government accommodation of religion.
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