AU Urges Florida TV Ministry To Disavow 'Loathsome' Remarks By Ann Coulter

Columnist Made Anti-Gay Slur, Condoned Murder Of Abortion Doctors At Christian Group's Ft. Lauderdale Event

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on the Center for Reclaiming America to publicly disavow extreme statements made by Ann Coulter during a recent Center conference in Fort Lauderdale.

The Center, the political arm of TV preacher D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries, hosted Coulter during a “Reclaiming America for Christ Conference” March 2-3.

During her March 3 remarks at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Coulter issued an anti-gay slur and excused the murder of doctors who perform abortions.

Americans United Slams Justice Department 'first Freedom Project' For Hypocrisy

Effort Is Another Attempt By The Bush Administration To Undercut Church-State Separation, Placate Religious Right, Says AU's Lynn

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday unveiled an expanded project allegedly designed to protect religious liberty, an effort that, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, reeks of hypocrisy.

“Expecting the Bush administration to defend religious liberty is a little like asking Col. Sanders to babysit your pet chicken,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “This administration has repeatedly worked to destroy true religious freedom by merging church and state.”

Supreme Court Should Allow Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Bush 'faith-based' Office, Says Americans United

High Court To Hear Oral Arguments In Case Over Citizens' Right To Challenge Government Support Of Religion In Court

The U.S. Supreme Court should preserve the right of taxpayers to file lawsuits challenging government support of religion, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation. In the case, three Wisconsin taxpayers have challenged President George W. Bush’s creation of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and other promotion of his “faith-based” agenda.

Federal Appeals Court To Hear Important 'faith-based' Prison Rehab Case From Iowa

Americans United Says Publicly Funded Evangelical Program Violates Church-State Separation, Denigrates Other Faiths

Can the government force inmates to become evangelical Christians as the price of receiving rehabilitation, better treatment while in prison and the prospect of earlier release?

Can taxpayers be forced to support a prison ministry that indoctrinates inmates in one religious tradition and attacks other faiths as false?

What if to make matters worse the sectarian program has no proof of success in its performance?

Taxpayers Should Be Allowed To Challenge Bush 'faith-based' Office, Americans United Tells Supreme Court

AU's Lynn Says Justices Should Protect Right of Citizens To Fight Government Promotion of Religion

The U.S. Supreme Court should affirm the right of taxpayers to challenge the Bush administration’s use of public funds to support religion, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, Americans United urged the justices to uphold precedent that allows taxpayers to sue when the government uses tax dollars for religious purposes.

Oklahoma Commandments Display Sends Message Of Religious Intolerance, Says Americans United

Haskell County Display Is Divisive And Should Be Removed, Insists Church-State Watchdog Group

Religious Right organizations are using governmental displays of the Ten Commandments to project a message of religious exclusion and intolerance, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

Observes the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, “The Religious Right is using a sacred religious symbol as a weapon in the culture war. It’s demeaning to religion, deeply divisive in a diverse nation and clearly unconstitutional.”

Maryland School District Drops Plan For Graduation At Church

Americans United Praises School Officials For Providing Proper Funds For Appropriate Setting

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised a Maryland public school district for dropping plans to allow a high school to conduct its graduation ceremonies in a church.

This afternoon, Montgomery County school officials backed off a decision made yesterday to allow Montgomery Blair High School, one of the county’s largest schools, to hold its 2007 commencement exercises at Jericho City of Praise, a Pentecostal church covered with religious iconography, including an exterior wall with a large sign declaring “Jesus is The Lord!!!”

Maryland Public School District Must Not Allow Graduations At Churches, Says Americans United

School Officials Should Reject Pressure To Allow High School To Use Church For Secular Event

A Maryland public school district should resist pressure to allow graduation ceremonies in churches, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

This evening, the Montgomery County School Board of Education will consider a request to allow Blair High School to conduct its graduation ceremonies in a local church.