U.s. Military Support For Baptist Evangelism Program Draws Protest From Americans United

Use Of Army Base, Military Resources To Recruit Pastors Into Church Outreach Work Violates Constitution, Says Watchdog Group

U.S. Army assistance to a Southern Baptist evangelism program violates the U.S. Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In an April 4 letter to Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White, Americans United protested Major General William G. Boykin's endorsement of a Southern Baptist evangelism program and his use of Ft. Bragg, N.C., military facilities and personnel to host and promote the ministry.

Proposed Changes In Senate 'faith-based' Plan Remove Major Constitutional Problems

Compromise May Pave Way For Passage Of 'CARE Act,' Says AU's Lynn

A proposed compromise on controversial elements of the Senate "faith-based" plan eliminates major constitutional issues and may pave the way for Senate passage, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

At a press conference today in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) announced that he supports the removal of a section of the CARE (Charitable Aid, Recovery and Empowerment) Act that has provoked constitutional concerns.

Public Schools Are Not Required To Promote Evangelism, Americans United Tells Appeals Court

Teachers Cannot Be Forced To Distribute Fliers For Religious Outreach, Watchdog Group Advises Three-Judge Panel

Public schools have no legal obligation to help an evangelical Christian group promote itself to young school children, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has advised a federal appeals court.

Americans United and allied groups filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief March 25 arguing that a New Jersey public school does not have to allow the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) to post signs in schools, participate in a "back-to-school night" and require teachers to distribute its promotional fliers in class.

New Hud 'faith-based' Regulations Violate Church-state Separation, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Urges Congressional Panel To Examine HUD Proposals That Allow Publicly Funded Church Construction, Job Discrimination

The Department of Housing and Urban Development should scrap proposed regulations governing "faith-based" organizations because they violate the U.S. Constitution and undercut civil rights protections, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

HUD announced rule changes dealing with its policy toward faith-based organizations in January. On March 25, the U.S. House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee is holding a hearing on the new regulations and how they will affect participation of faith-based groups in HUD-funded programs.

Tv Preacher Pat Robertson Endorses Church-state Separation - In Iraq

In Startling Turnabout, Christian Coalition Founder Insists On Secular Government To Ensure Religious Liberty

TV preacher Pat Robertson has called on President George W. Bush to ensure that the post-war government of Iraq is secular and maintains the constitutional separation of church and state.

Federal Aid For Church Construction, Repair Would Violate Constitution, Warns Americans United

Proposed 'Faith-Based' Aid From HUD Draws Protest From Watchdog Group

The Bush administration's plan to use federal housing funds to help churches and other houses of worship construct or repair their facilities is constitutionally flawed and should not be implemented, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a seven-page memorandum delivered today to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Americans United's legal department said the plan, which was first made public in early January, fails "to comply with constitutional requirements."

Federal Appeals Court Denies Another Hearing Of 'under God' Case

Ruling Protects Right Of Conscience, Says Americans United

A federal appeals court in California has rejected calls to rehear a controversial ruling that struck down recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools due to its religious content. Today's decision, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State, protects freedom of conscience.

"The government should not link religion and patriotism," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United Executive Director. "An individual can express love of country regardless of his or her religious or philosophical outlook."

Education Department's Religion Rules Push Schools To Allow Prayer, Charges Americans United

Watchdog Group Offers Legal Assistance To Schools Unfairly Threatened With Funding Cut-Off

New federal guidelines "push the envelope" on religion in public schools beyond what the courts have allowed, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
On Feb. 7, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidelines governing religious activities in public schools. School officials who fail to comply with the government edict face the possible loss of federal education funds.

'faith-based' Controversy Expected In U.s. Senate Soon

Senate Committee Approves Modified Version Of Bush 'Faith-Based' Initiative

The Senate Finance Committee has approved a sharply modified version of President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative, and observers are expecting debate on the Senate floor soon.