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In the Courts

Fighting crime can’t be easy, but deputizing religious groups to do the job of police officers definitely isn’t the answer.

Fortunately, that shouldn’t be happening in North Carolina, thanks to a unanimous state appellate court decision yesterday. In State of North Carolina v. Yencer, a three-judge panel ruled that it is an unconstitutional “government entanglement with religion” to allow […] Read More

In the Courts, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Discrimination

In Perry v. Schwarzenegger, Judge Walker made it clear that in the United States, marriage is a civil matter.

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts

Religious Right groups regularly insist that all devout Americans, especially Christians, must be against the separation of church and state.

As usual, they’re completely off the mark. In fact, many people of faith are among the strongest supporters of church-state separation. And we have a new piece of evidence.

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) has just filed […] Read More

In the Courts, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Discrimination

Advocates of church-state separation knew Monday was going to be a big day at the Supreme Court. It was the high court’s final day in session for the 2009-10 term, and four cases were left. Among them was Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a church-state case.

Our normal practice at AU is to pull up a Web site […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that use of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the separation of church and state.

The 2-1 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest decision in a long-running legal campaign by Michael Newdow, a California atheist activist, to have “under […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in Public Life, Religious Symbols on Public Property

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday did us all a favor by declining to hear a case from Haskell County, Okla., concerning the display of the Ten Commandments on public property.

The case, Haskell County Board of Commissioners v. James Green, stems from 2004, when the county’s Board of Commissioners voted to allow a local pastor to erect […] Read More

Family Research Council, Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Jerry Falwell Jr, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Religion in the Military, Religious Right Research

Let’s close out the week with a selection of updates and news tidbits that you might have missed:

  • On Monday, Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Liberty University, which used its student newspaper to intervene in a House of Delegates election in November. In response, Jerry Falwell Jr. asserted that AU will now have to

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Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Ah, Christmas! The time of year when our thoughts turn to decorated holiday trees, presents, eggnog and Albert Einstein.

Wait a minute – Albert Einstein?

Yep, the theoretical physicist and all-around super-genius has become an official part of the holiday season, at least in Arkansas. Einstein will appear in a Solstice display at the state capitol in Little Rock, thanks […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life

Part of my job here at Americans United is to correspond with the general public. Frequently I find myself engaged in answering the most basic of questions. I’m often explaining the significance of Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists wherein he coined the phrase “wall of separation between church and state.”

I also remind inquiring citizens that the […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Symbols on Public Property

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and you know what that means. Yes, the malls will be crowded, but this time of year also means an escalation in the battles over how public schools and government deal with Christmas.

Some disputes have already erupted. In Chambersburg, Pa., the borough council voted unanimously to ban most displays from a public square […] Read More

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