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.

Media Backgrounder Struggling Christian Coalition Hooks Up With New Tv Preacher

Joyce Meyer Brings Loyal Following And Controversy To Religious Right Group's Washington Conference

When the Christian Coalition gathers for its national conference in Washington, D.C., this weekend, a controversial television preacher will be the star of the show.

But this year, instead of Coalition founder Pat Robertson, it will be Joyce Meyer.

Tv Preacher Pat Robertson Gets 'faith-based' Grant From Bush Administration

Federal Grants To Robertson, Other Religious Leaders, Entangle Church And State, AU Charges

Giving TV preacher Pat Robertson and other religious leaders control over the distribution of public funds through the Bush "faith-based" initiative violates the Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Church Electioneering Bill Rejected In House Of Representatives

Americans United Praises House Vote Preserving Integrity Of Houses Of Worship, Political Process

A bill to allow tax-exempt houses of worship to intervene in partisan political campaigns was strongly rejected today in the House of Representatives.

The final vote was 239-178 against the legislation. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a leading opponent of the legislation, praised the action.