Tv Preacher Pat Robertson Prays For Supreme Court Changes

Americans United Says Robertson Bent On A Supreme Court That Enforces His Religious Values

TV preacher Pat Robertson, in an apparent effort to promote a Supreme Court that approves his religio-political agenda, is urging his nationwide audience to pray for a change in the make-up of the high court.

Incensed by the Lawrence v. Texas ruling, which stated that gays "are entitled to respect for their private lives," Robertson is seeking divine help in restructuring the nation's top court. To achieve that goal, the religious broadcaster is sponsoring a 21-day "prayer offensive."

House Committee Approves D.c. Voucher Bill

Americans United Says Proposal Would Subsidize Religious Schooling And Employment Discrimination

A federal school voucher bill that would subsidize religious education has passed a committee in Congress.

By a one-vote margin, the U.S. House's Committee on Government Reform today approved a bill that would offer students in Washington, D.C., vouchers of up to $7,500 per year to pay for tuition at religious and other private schools. The committee also kept a controversial provision within the bill, which is backed by the Bush administration, allowing participating private schools to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion and gender.

Bush's 'faith-based' Drug Plan Poses Serious Constitutional Problems Says Au

Administration Officials Tout Programs That Push Religious Conversion, Discriminate In Hiring

The Bush administration's push for "faith-based" solutions to drug abuse raises serious constitutional problems, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

This week, Bush Drug Czar John P. Walters and other administration officials are campaigning at a series of public appearances for a religiously based response to drug abuse. Today, Walters unveiled a new website and other resources aimed at religious leaders.

Madison Police Department's Role In Buddhist Retreat Is Problematic, Says Americans United

Wisconsin City's Endorsement Of Zen Program Raises Constitutional Concerns, Civil Liberties Group Asserts

The Madison, Wisc., Police Department may not encourage officers to attend a Buddhist retreat, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a July 8 letter to Chief of Police Richard Williams and Captain Cheri Maples, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn warned police officials that their plan to encourage officers to attend a "Mindfulness Retreat" run by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh presents constitutional problems.

Pat Robertson Attacks Bush Administration For Failing To Support Liberian Dictator

Gold-Digging TV Preacher Fails To Mention Business Interests In War-Torn Nation

TV preacher Pat Robertson has repeatedly criticized the Bush administration over its handling of the crisis in Liberia without once mentioning his own personal business interests in the country.

In recent days, Robertson has used his nationally broadcast television show to charge that the U.S. government has sought to destabilize Liberia and oust President Charles Taylor. Although Taylor is a brutal dictator under indictment for war crimes by the United Nations, he is a business partner of Robertson.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Alabama Ten Commandments Display

Chief Justice Roy Moore's Religious Monument Must Go

A federal appeals court ruled unanimously today that Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore may not display the Ten Commandments in the lobby of the state Judicial Building.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which initiated legal action against Moore on behalf of local plaintiffs, hailed the ruling.

Supreme Court Should Leave Pledge Decision In Place, Says Americans United

Lower Court Ruling Protects Children From State-Sponsored Religious Pressure, AU Argues In High Court Brief

The U.S. Supreme Court should refuse to hear an appeal of a lower court decision barring government-sponsored recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed June 26, Americans United asserts that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals faithfully applied Supreme Court precedent when it held that teacher-led recitation of the Pledge in public schools violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

D.c. Voucher Plan Would Subsidize Religious Schools With Public Funds, Says Americans United

House Proposal Would Allow Hiring Discrimination With Federal Taxpayer Dollars, Says AU's Lynn

A proposed $75-million school voucher program for the District of Columbia would hurt public education and subsidize discrimination with taxpayer funds, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and backed by the Bush administration, would offer students in Washington, D.C., vouchers of up to $7,500 per year to pay for tuition at religious and other private schools. The measure contains provisions allowing participating private schools to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion and sex.

Supreme Court Sodomy Decision Reaffirms Principles Of Secular Law, Personal Autonomy

Ruling Is Reminder That Criminal Law Can't Be Based On Religious Beliefs, Says Americans United's Lynn

The Supreme Court's decision to strike down a Texas sodomy law reaffirms the principles of secular government and individual rights, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a 6-3 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, the justices overturned a Texas statute that made it a crime for two persons of the same sex to engage in sexual relations. The court majority said the law violated the Due Process Clause of the 14 th Amendment. Today's decision overturned a 1986 Supreme Court ruling (Bowers v. Hardwick) that upheld a similar Georgia law.

White House Launches Crusade To Promote Taxpayer-funded Job Bias

'Faith-Based' Hiring Discrimination Is 'Appalling,' Says Americans United's Lynn

The Bush administration's heightened campaign to legalize religious discrimination with public funds is an appalling endorsement of government-approved job bias, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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