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, August 18, 2010
Use Of Public Property To Relocate NYC Mosque Raises Legal Questions, Says Watchdog Group
New York Gov. David Patterson's proposal to offer public property to relocate the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" raises serious constitutional issues and could spark litigation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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Monday, July 26, 2010
California Teacher Has No Right to Push Religion in the Classroom, Americans United Tells Federal Appeals Court
Public school officials did not violate a California teacher's rights when they asked him to remove two religious banners from his classroom, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court. Bradley Johnson, a math teacher at Westview High School in San Diego, filed a lawsuit against school officials in 2007, claiming his free speech rights were infringed when he was ordered to take down his religious signs. A U.S. district court in March ruled in favor of Johnson and ordered school officials to pay nominal damages.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Americans United Urges IRS To Investigate Okla. Religious Group That Promoted Candidate
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ, charging that the organization violated federal law by promoting a candidate’s campaign rally. Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ operates as a tax-exempt group and solicits tax-deductible donations on its Web site, but last month it distributed an e-mail in support of Rep. Sally Kern, a candidate seeking reelection to the state House of Representatives.
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Monday, July 12, 2010
AU Lauds Court Decision Upholding Native American Student's Religious Liberty Rights
A federal appeals court was right to rule that a Native American student in Texas may wear his hair long for religious reasons, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday in favor of Adriel Arocha, an elementary school student. Arocha and his family had challenged a grooming policy at the Needville Independent School District that bans long hair for male students.
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Monday, June 28, 2010
Americans United Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Against Discriminatory Religious Club at Law Schoo
Americans United for Separation of Church and State praised today's Supreme Court ruling upholding a policy at Hastings College of the Law that prohibits school-subsidized student clubs from engaging in religious discrimination. "This decision is a huge step forward for fundamental fairness and equal treatment," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Americans United Urges Senate Panel To Question Kagan On Church-State Views
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan about her views on crucial religious liberty issues.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
IRS Should Investigate South Dakota Church That Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service about a Rapid City, S.D., church whose pastor endorsed a gubernatorial candidate during a church service. The Rev. H. Wayne Williams, pastor of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle, endorsed state Sen. Gordon Howie, who was seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Williams' May 16 endorsement from the pulpit was reported in a press release by the Howie campaign and in the Rapid City Journal .
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Stay Away From ‘Christians-Only’ Prison Scheme, Americans United Tells Officials In Three States
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today warned corrections officials in three states not to use public funds to send inmates to a proposed “Christians-only” prison in Oklahoma. Corrections Concepts, Inc., has proposed building a private prison in Wakita, Okla., that will indoctrinate prisoners in fundamentalist Christianity and will be staffed solely with “born-again” Christians.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Americans United Asks IRS to Investigate Los Angeles Church That ‘Tweeted’ Candidate to Victory
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Los Angeles church that used its Web site and the social networking site Twitter to urge congregants to support a candidate for public office. Oasis Church posted a statement on its Web site noting that a church official, Alex Jones-Moreno, was seeking reelection to the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood City Council. It asked church members to vote for Jones-Moreno.
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Friday, May 14, 2010
Attorney General's Statement On 'Faith-Based' Job Bias Is Encouraging, Says Americans United
Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee yesterday that the Obama administration does not support religiously based hiring discrimination in taxpayer-funded “faith-based” programs. Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the statement is welcome and urged the Obama administration to back it up by revoking Bush-era executive orders that permit hiring bias by religiously affiliated social services that take public funds.
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