The official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
It's no surprise that Religious Right leaders James and Shirley Dobson dropped by the White House this morning to join the National Day of Prayer (NDP) observance there. The Dobsons have been strong supporters of President George W. Bush, and Shirley heads the NDP Task Force, a private group that promotes fundamentalist Christian-oriented NDP events around the country. Read more
A House appropriations subcommittee holds hearings today on whether to renew Washington, D.C.'s school voucher scheme. The "Opportunity Scholarship Program," which has an annual budget of $15 million, provides 1,900 vouchers worth up to $7,500 each for students to attend religious and other private schools in the nation's capital. Read more
The Family Research Council (FRC) has big plans for this election year – perhaps even legally questionable ones.
Kenyn Cureton, FRC's vice president for church ministries, appeared April 22 on Religious Right activist Janet Folger's "Faith2Action" radio program, discussing his organization's plans for mobilizing pastors this year. He may have been a little too frank. Read more
Clergy, take note: in this election year, the Internal Revenue Service is trying to help you stay out of tax trouble.
Earlier this month, the federal agency announced that it will continue its campaign to educate churches and other tax-exempt charities about the rules governing political activity. It will also enforce the law through appropriate intervention and penalties. Read more
If you're going to Birmingham, Ala., tomorrow, don't forget to take your sackcloth and ashes!
Huh? Yes, that's right. Take your sackcloth and ashes. Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford has declared Friday "It's Time to Pray Day," and he's sponsoring a rather unusual worship service at Boutwell Auditorium. Read more
The late Jerry Falwell's son, Jonathan, is distraught over the state of our national ethics. In a recent column, he cited a report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) that found that some federal workers had illegally used tax funds to buy things like "Internet dating, tailor-made suits, lingerie [and] lavish dinners." Read more
The dispute over Jesus & Co. hanging in a Slidell, La., courthouse ended last week with a mostly favorable ruling by U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle.
It all started in early July, when City Court Judge Jim Lamz publicly refused to remove a 16th century Russian Orthodox painting called "Christ the Savior" and its accompanying message, "To know peace, obey these laws" from the courthouse foyer. Read more