Federal Court Strikes Down Ten Commandments Display At Alabama Supreme Court

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's Religious Crusade Dealt Legal Setback

A federal court in Alabama today struck down display of a Ten Commandments monument at the state supreme court building in Montgomery, declaring that the religious sculpture violates the First Amendment's church-state separation provisions.

Pennsylvania Congressman Drops Out Of Religious Extremist Conference After Au Protest

Rep. Pitts, House GOP Liaison To Religious Right, Tells Reporters He 'Doesn't Believe In Stoning Anybody'

Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pa.), who had been scheduled to speak this weekend to a radical fundamentalist group that seeks to impose "biblical law" on the nation, announced yesterday that he has cancelled his appearance.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State wrote to Pitts on Tuesday, urging the congressman to withdraw from the event to avoid lending credibility to a group that "advocates extreme policies that run counter to our Constitution and the American way of life."

Americans United Urges Pennsylvania Congressman To Drop Out Of Religious Extremist Conference

House GOP Liaison To Religious Right Scheduled To Share Podium With Speakers Who Favor Executing Juvenile Delinquents, Gays And Abortion Providers

Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pa.) should drop his plans to speak this weekend before a radical fundamentalist group that seeks to impose "biblical law" on the nation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Pitts, who serves as the House Republican leadership's liaison to religious conservatives, is scheduled to speak at a conference of the National Reform Association in Ephrata, Pa. Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn sent Pitts a letter yesterday asking him to bow out.

Religious Right's Political Power May Grow As Result Of 2002 Elections, Says Americans United

Because Movement's Favored Candidates Fared Well On Election Day, Religious Right Will Want Political Payback, Says AU's Lynn

Candidates supported by the Religious Right won a significant number of congressional and gubernatorial races in 2002, and those victories are likely to translate into increased political power for the fundamentalist Christian movement, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said the Religious Right will be looking for political payback for its work on behalf of Republican candidates nationwide.

Irs Urged To Investigate Church Electioneering

Watchdog Group Questions Church Endorsements Of Candidates In Texas, Maryland

Church endorsements of political candidates in Texas and Maryland should be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In letters to the IRS Nov. 4, Americans United cited two reports of church electioneering at Sunday services last weekend.

Federal Lawsuit Against 'ten Commandments Judge' Roy Moore Wraps Up In Alabama

State-Sponsored Religious Display At Judicial Building Violates Constitution, Groups Say

A lawsuit challenging State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's Ten Commandments display has wrapped up in Alabama.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama filed suit against Moore after he arranged to have a two-ton sculpture of the Ten Commandments placed in the lobby of the Judicial Building in Montgomery.

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