Church & State

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

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 3, March

Americans United Named 'Human Rights Hero' by Lawyers' Magazine
A magazine published by the American Bar Association (ABA) bestowed honors on Americans United recently when it named the organization a "Human Rights Hero." The ABA's Human Rights magazine, which is published by the organization's Section of Individual...
Appeals Court Bars 'Priestly Blessing' at School Graduation
Officials at a public middle school in New York acted within the law when they refused to allow a student to include a prayer in her remarks during a graduation ceremony, a federal appeals court has ruled. The case involved an eighth-grade student,...
AU Counters Pro-Voucher Propaganda during 'School Choice Week'
When school voucher advocates announced that Jan. 27-Feb. 2 would be "National School Choice Week," Americans United knew just what to do: counter outrageous voucher claims with the facts. Americans United created a special section for its website,...
Betsy Pursell Named Development Director at Americans United
Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn announced in December that the organization has a new development director. Betsy Purse11, a long-time activist and experienced fund-raiser, has assumed the leadership of AU's Development Department....
Birth Control Mandate Is Not a Violation of Religious Liberty, Au Tells Court
American workers' access to birth control should not be subject to their employers' religious beliefs, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Jan. 25, Americans...
Calif. Town Moves to Settle Controversy over Mountaintop Cross
Officials in Riverside, Calif., have agreed to sell a large cross atop a mountain to avoid a church-state lawsuit over the matter. Crosses have been displayed on Mount Rubidoux since 1907. The land was originally in private hands but was donated...
Contraceptive Clash: No More 'Compromises' over Basic Rights
The ongoing national debate over access to birth control took a new twist Feb. 1 when President Barack Obama announced yet another attempt to meet the concerns of conservative religious groups. Under current law, all employers with more than 50...
God's Lawyers: With Millions in Assets and Hundreds of Attorneys Helping out, the Religious Right's Legal Machine Is Waging War on the Church-State Wall
Stanford Law School in California is a prestigious institution with a distinguished past. Founded in 1893, one of its first professors was a former president, Benjamin Harrison. When the school opened new offices in 1975, another president, Gerald...
Reading, Writing and Religious Intolerance: When a Tennessee Teacher Stood Up for Church-State Separation, She Faced Community Anger - and a near Riot by Students
Novia Sharkey was teaching special-education students in Waldport, Ore., when she and her husband Paul began thinking about a retirement home. Searching the internet for a place with just the right climate and surroundings that would fit their retirement...
Saints or Sinners? Religious Right Lawyers Preach Morality, but Their Conduct Sometimes Falls Short
Religious Right legal organizations claim to be standing up for Christian values and the highest standards of ethics and morality. In fact, several of the groups' leaders and associates seem to have often fallen short of those ideals. TV preacher...
The Next Chapter: From Symposia at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to First Amendment Day Celebrations in Texas, AU's Chapter Network Has Exciting Plans
On a blustery day last May, the Rev. Steven Baines stood in the shadow of a 43-foot-tall cross on public land in San Diego, Calif., and told a crowd of about 50 that the towering religious symbol violates church-state separation. Defenders say the...
U.S. House Approves Bill Authorizing Disaster Aid to Houses of Worship
The House of Representatives voted Feb. 13 to allow houses of worship to seek funding for repairs and reconstruction through a federal program designed to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The storm caused massive damage to several East Coast...
West of Fairness and Justice: New Documentary Showcases Dangers of Religious Hysteria
I admit it: I slipped out of work early one day in late January. It wouldn't be honest to say I had a "medical" appointment; my fear of dentists knocks that reason out, and of course there was no "continuing legal education" seminar that just called...