Church & State

A monthly magazine that contains church-state news and analysis. Promotes the concept of separation of church and state.

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 1, January

AU Requests Removal of Jesus Statue from Public Land in Montana
Americans United has urged the National Forest Service to deny a special permit that allows a large statue of Jesus to remain on federal land in Montana. In a formal comment sent to the agency Dec. 8, AU Legislative Director Maggie Garrett wrote,...
Back to the Future: You Don't Need a Crystal Ball to See the Church-State Challenges Ahead
I don't pretend to be psychic, but there are certain things I can say with certainty about what lies ahead in 2012. So come with me as 1 gaze into the crystal ball and offer the following predictions for the new year: Religion will continue to roil...
Catholic Charities Drops III. Foster Care Lawsuit
Catholic Charities has abandoned a legal fight in Illinois to participate in a state-funded foster care program without complying with a new law that legalized civil unions for same-sex couples. The new law granted same-sex couples many of the same...
Decalogue Defiance in Dixie: Florida County Defends Fundamentalist Christian Activist's Commandments Display at Local Courthouse
When he turned 50 years old in 1991, Florida resident Joe H. Anderson Jr. went through a spiritual crisis and embraced fundamentalist Christianity. Looking for ways to share his faith, Anderson came up with a new idea: "tent revival in box" As a...
Discord in Dixie: Fla. Decalogue Display Spawns Intolerance
A controversy over a Ten Commandments display at the Dixie County, Fla., courthouse has many residents of that area all worked up. A federal court has ordered the six-ton sectarian monument removed. Local church-goers responded with a pro-Commandments...
Flying Spaghetti Monster Joins Holiday Array in Virginia Community
The grounds of the Loudoun County, Va., courthouse were crowded in December with holiday signs and symbols, including a depiction of an entity known as the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" and a skeleton dressed in a Santa suit. The county has been the...
Full Appeals Court Agrees to Review Wisc. Graduation Prayer Case
An Americans United legal case challenging a Wisconsin public school's decision to hold graduation ceremonies in a church is about to get a second look in federal court. A full panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear Doe...
House Republicans Side with Bishops in Flap over HHS Trafficking Grant
A group of Republican legislators has attacked the Obama administration for declining to give a federal grant to a Roman Catholic group that refused to provide a full range of services to people who are victims of human trafficking. The flap began...
Obama Woos N.Y. Bishop during Private Meeting at the White House
President Barack Obama sought to smooth over a troubled relationship with the Roman Catholic hierarchy by holding a private meeting with influential Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan recently. Dolan, the powerful archbishop of New York City, met with...
Political Clout in the Capitol: In D.C., Religious Lobbies Show Crowing Power
Religious Right groups and their political allies often assert that an aggressive interpretation of church-state separation is pushing faith-based groups out of the public square, A new report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life should...
Religion and Campaign 2012: Religious Right Forces Are Seeking to Control Presidential Politics and Play a Dominant Role in This Year's Elections
He's been married three times and is an admitted adulterer, features that would seem to make Newt Gingrich an unlikely standard-bearer for the hyper-moralistic brigades of the Religious Right. But with a little mental gymnastics, all things are possible....
Report Says Religious Right and Catholic Bishops Dominate 'Faithful Lobbying in D.C
A report issued by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that religious advocacy groups in the nation's capital are growing and that most of the largest organizations are affiliated with the Religious Right or the Roman Catholic hierarchy....
Spells Trouble in Arkansas: Taxpayer Dollars Should Not Be Used for 'Crowing God's Kingdom' Says Americans United
When Justin Harris became a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, but it seems he hasn't spent much time reading it. Harris (R-West Fork) is the owner of Growing God's Kingdom, a preschool...
Supreme Court Skips N.Y. Battle over Church Rental of Public School
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case concerning a New York City Board of Education policy that prohibits churches from holding worship services in public schools during off hours. Without comment, the high court on Dec. 5 announced...
Texas University Removes Crosses after Receiving Americans United Protest
Four crosses have been removed from a tower on the new Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus, thanks in part to a letter from Americans United. In mid November, AU attorneys wrote to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and City Manager Sheryl...
The Top Ten Church-State Threats: A Surging Religious Right Means Daunting Religious Liberty Challenges for Americans United in 2012
You don't have to look far or wide to see signs that the Religious Right was resurgent in 2011. From the halls of Congress, where the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly urged public schools to post "In God We Trust" displays in classrooms,...
Voucher-Boosting Church Leaders Drop 'Lobby-or-Else' Order to Needy Parents
A plan by Roman Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania to require financially strapped parents to lobby in favor of a school voucher bill hit a snag when it was exposed in the media. The incident began in October, when Ronald T. Bowes, assistant superintendent...