Judge In Alabama Issues Order Blocking Federal Court Decision Against School-sponsored Prayer

Americans United For Separation Of Church And State Denounces 'Ten Commandments' Judge For Provoking Constitutional Showdown

A state court judge in Alabama has provoked a constitutional showdown by attempting to block enforcement of a federal court order barring officially sanctioned prayer and other religious activities in public schools.

Gadsden Circuit Judge Roy S. Moore issued a temporary restraining order Nov. 4 blocking enforcement of U.S. District Judge Ira DeMent's ruling against religious practices in Alabama public schools. Moore ordered the Etowah County Board of Education and the Alabama State Board of Education not to enforce DeMent's ruling within Moore's Etowah County jurisdiction. Read more

Sweeping Federal District Court Ruling Bars Officially Sanctioned Religion In Alabama Public Schools

Judge's Ruling Sends Strong Message To Nation, Says Au

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has hailed a sweeping federal district court order barring school-sanctioned religious activities in Alabama public schools.

"All over the country, school boards are coming under increasing pressure by groups such as the Christian Coalition to implement religious worship in public schools," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "This ruling sends a timely reminder that America's public schools are for education, not indoctrination." Read more

Fresno Mayor Should Repay Taxpayers For Promise Keepers Donation, National Watchdog Group Says

A national church-state watchdog group has urged Fresno Mayor James Patterson to reimburse the city's taxpayers, charging the mayor inappropriately arranged for the payment of $75,000 for a Promise Keepers rally.

Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said that Patterson's use of public funds to pay for the stadium rental for a Promise Keepers rally last June raises serious legal concerns. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the California State Constitution forbid the use of tax money to subsidize religion, he said. Read more

Henry Jordan Reignites Religious Debate With Letter Criticizing Muslim Faith

Church-State Watchdog Group Says 'Enough Is Enough,' Urges Jordan To Resign

Columbia, S.C. - Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called for the resignation of Dr. Henry Jordan, South Carolina school board member, after he once again criticized Muslims and their faith. The incident follows public outrage over his "screw the Buddhists and kill the Muslims" comments describing minority faiths just four months ago. Read more

In Closed-door Session, Pat Robertson Unveils Plan To Control GOP Presidential Nomination

TV Preacher Compares Supposedly Non-Partisan Coalition To Tammany Hall Political Machine

Washington, D.C. -- In a speech that raises serious legal questions, Christian Coalition Chairman Pat Robertson told a closed-door session of the group's state leaders his plan to control the Republican presidential nomination in 2000.

Speaking at a Sept. 13 breakfast for state leaders at the Coalition's "Road to Victory" Conference in Atlanta, Robertson said he will recommend a candidate in private correspondence and urge Coalition leaders to unite behind the candidate. Read more

Charleston County Council Display Of Ten Commandments Would Violate Church-state Separation

The Charleston (S.C.) County Council's plan to post the Ten Commandments in council chambers would violate church-state separation, say two civil liberties groups.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina filed suit today in the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the government-sponsored religious display.

Council members voted May 20 to endorse the posting, and said they would use a Ten Commandments plaque donated by a private group. Read more

Watchdog Group Urges School Board To Reconsider Bible Courses In Lee County Public Schools

The Lee County School Board's proposed Bible-as-History courses open the door to legal challenges on constitutional grounds, a national church-state watchdog group charged today.

In a letter to Board Chairman Dr. Douglas Santini, Americans United for Separation of Church and State urged the school board to reconsider this effort when the curriculum comes up for approval on Tuesday, July 15.

Said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn in his letter to Santini, "U.S. public schools may teach about religion, but may not indoctrinate or favor one religious perspective over others. Read more

IRS Should Investigate Falwell's Church-based Politickingin Virginia

The Lee County School Board's proposed Bible-as-History courses open the door to legal challenges on constitutional grounds, a national church-state watchdog group charged today.

In a July 2 letter to IRS officials, Americans United for Separationof Church and State charged that Falwell and clergy allies used the pulpitsof their tax-exempt churches to endorse Sen. Mark Earley. Falwell claimsthe church-based political crusade was the key factor that gave Earleythe GOP attorney general nomination in the June 10 Virginia primary. Read more