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. 5, May

Americans Want Less Religion in Politics, Pew Poll Finds
A new survey has found that a record number of Americans think there is too much religion in politics. According to the Pew Forum On Religion & Public Life, 38 percent of poll respondents said politicians have spent too much time expressing...
AU Protests Proposed Ky. Funding of 'Ark Park' Road to Nowhere
Americans United has urged the Kentucky legislature not to spend $2 million on a road project benefitting the proposed "Ark Park," calling the plan constitutionally dubious and a waste of scarce taxpayer dollars. The state budget currently under...
Ca. Legislators Encourage Commandments Displays at Public Buildings
The Georgia legislature has approved a bill that would encourage Ten Commandments displays in public schools and other government buildings. HB 766 passed the Georgia House of Representatives unanimously and cleared the Senate on a 41-9 vote. At...
Capital Crimes: State Legislators Are Pushing Schools into Lawsuits
Given the fragile state of the economy these days, one would think state legislators would have more than enough to do creating jobs and shoring up public services during a time when budgets are tight. Instead, lawmakers in many states are wasting...
Catholic Bishops, Religious Right Allies Step Up Their Campaign to Deny Americans' Access to Birth Control
A rally in downtown Scranton, Pa., March 23 was billed as a gathering to defend "religious freedom" - but sometimes things are not what they seem to be. In this case, the event was actually an attack on access to birth control, and it was backed by...
Church Electioneering Is Dangerous, Au Tells Evangelical Study Panel
The federal tax law ban on electioneering by churches should be kept in place, Americans United has told a panel examining issues related to non-profit organizations. On March 30, Americans United submitted comments to the Commission on Accountability...
Clear: Tennessee Senior Krystal Myers Says Religious Activities at Her High School Obviously Violate Church-State Separation
Being different is never easy, especially for a teenager. Just ask Krystal Myers, a senior at Lenoir City High School in Lenoir City, Tenn. Myers, who is an atheist in a community that is overwhelmingly Christian, had felt for some time that her...
Florida Public Schools Should Skip Legislature's 'Inspirational Messages'
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed legislation that critics say will encourage coercive prayer in public schools, tossing the matter into the hands of local school officials. Under the new law, school boards in the state may set policies that allow...
Indiana School Vouchers Flout State Constitution, AU Advises Court
Americans untied has weighed in on a legal challenge to vouchers in Indiana, urging a state appeals court to strike down a newly minted program that directs taxpayer dollars to religious schools. Americans United in March filed a friend-of-the-court...
'Junkyard Prophet' Brings Fundamentalist Rant to Iowa Public School
A public school in Iowa is under fire for allowing a fundamentalist Christian rock group with a controversial message to play during a school assembly. Officials at the Dunkerton High School invited "Junkyard Prophet" to play at a special student...
Kansas Lawmakers Reject Plan to Cive Tax Support to Private Schools
The Kansas legislature has rejected a plan to award taxpayer support to religious schools through backdoor channels. The state House of Representatives on March 26 defeated a bill that would have given tax credits to residents who contribute to...
'Monumental' Mischief: In His New Movie, Kirk Cameron and His Religious Right History Boys Peddle Religious Extremism
Kirk Cameron is an actor best known to the general public for his role in the '80s TV sitcom "Growing Pains." Today he's a fundamentalist Christian best known for appearances in low-budget Christian-themed movies and for his outspoken ultra-conservative...
Sects, and the Battle over Contraceptio: Americans Today Enjoy Access to Safe and Effective Birth Control -but It Wasn't Always That Way
On Nov. 1, 1961, Estelle Griswold and Dr. Charles Lee Buxton did something radical: They opened a clinic in New Haven, Conn., to dispense birth control information. Nine days later, police raided the clinic and arrested Griswold, executive director...
Secularists Hold 'Rock beyond Belief' Festival at N.C. Army Base
More than 1,000 people gathered recently at Fort Bragg in North Carolina for a festival called "Rock Beyond Belief" that is believed to have been the first openly atheistic event to take place at a military installation. The March 31 event, which...
Texas School Officials Apologize for Post-Trial Comments in Prayer Case
A federal judge has ordered staff members at a Texas public school district to apologize for negative comments they made about a local family who challenged church-state violations at the school. In February, Americans United announced that it had...
When Words Lose Their Meaning: The Bishops, Religious Liberty and Dubious Definitions
One of the sayings attributed to Confucius is usually translated: "When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom." I thought about this analect recently as I was reading a document from a decidedly non-Confucian source. In mid April,...
Worship Our Way or Get Out?: The Religious Right's Un-American View
Religious Right groups work hard to portray themselves as moderate and sensible "just plain folks." But every now and then that ill-fitting mask of moderation slips off, and all of America can see the ugliness that lies beneath. A textbook example...