Official Prayers At West Point Violate Constitution, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Advises Military Academy To Stop Violating Religious Liberty Rights Of Cadets

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to stop including prayers during official events.

In a letter to Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon and other officials, Americans United asserted that the academy’s prayer policy runs afoul of the Constitution and violates the rights of cadets.

Tennessee School Voucher Plan Is Step In Wrong Direction, Americans United Warns

Don’t Divert Taxpayer Funds To Religious Schools, Says AU’s Lynn

A voucher plan that would divert taxpayer dollars to religious and other private schools in Tennessee is a mistake that legislators would be wise to avoid, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s task force today unveiled its recommendations regarding a voucher plan that would pay for tuition at private schools for some Tennessee students. In addition, some state legislators are expected to press for an even broader voucher program.

Death Sentence Should Not Be Based On Biblical Precepts, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Joins Coalition Of Groups Opposing Use Of ‘Biblical Strategy’ In Florida Courtroom

A Florida man on death row did not receive a fair sentencing trial because a prosecuting attorney presented explicitly religious evidence to the jury and repeatedly cited the Book of Romans, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United To Honor Investigative Journalist And Student Activist During Awards Ceremony

Author Jeff Sharlet And High School Student Jessica Ahlquist To Receive Recognition During Nov. 19 Ceremony

A journalist who exposed the inner workings of a shadowy Religious Right group and a Rhode Island student who courageously challenged illegal religious activity at her public school will both be recognized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State on November 19.

Jeff Sharlet, author of the best-selling books The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, will receive Americans United’s Person of the Year Award.

Americans United Urges Maryland Town Council To Drop Lord’s Prayer Invocations

Government Preference For Christianity Violates Constitution, Watchdog Group Warns

A Maryland town council’s refusal to drop Christian invocations at its meetings could lead to a lawsuit, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned.

The Brentwood Town Council begins each of its meetings with a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer led by Mayor Roger E. Rudder or council members. Such governmental preference for one faith clearly violates the U.S. Constitution, Americans United asserts.

Decorated Afghanistan War Veteran Sues North Carolina Town Over Sectarian Symbols At Veterans’ Memorial

City Of King Is Exploiting The Memory Of American Soldiers To Promote Christianity, Says Americans United

The city of King, N.C., is violating the U.S. and North Carolina constitutions by displaying sectarian symbols at a veterans’ memorial, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told a federal court today.

In a lawsuit filed on behalf of Steven Hewett, a decorated veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Americans United asked the city to remove the Christian flag as well as a Christian statue at the memorial.  

Americans United Says Taxpayers Have Right To Challenge Church Control Of Federal Program

Watchdog Group Tells Court That Public Has Right To Question Bishops’ Restrictions On Program To Help Sex-Trafficking Victims

When the federal government lets a church group impose religious doctrine on a publicly funded program, taxpayers have the right to take the matter to court.

That’s the viewpoint put forward by Americans United for Separation of Church and State in a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today.