AU Applauds House Vote Against The Istook Prayer Amendment

Religious Right Will Seek New Targets, Warns AU's Barry Lynn

Washington, D.C. — The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, applauded today's House vote against U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook's so-called "Religious Freedom Amendment." The final vote in favor of the amendment was 224 to 203, a majority but still far short of the two-thirds vote needed to pass a constitutional amendment.

"The religious freedom of all Americans is secure today, thanks to the House vote," observed Lynn. "Our Constitution and our cherished freedom of conscience remain uncompromised by crass politics. Read more

Christian Coalition Congressional Scorecard Skewed Toward Republicans

Watchdog Group Urges IRS To Deny Robertson Group Tax-Exempt Status, Despite Pressure From GOP's Archer

Washington, D.C. -- Republicans in Congress are saints and Democrats are sinners. At least, that's the case if you believe the 1998 Christian Coalition Congressional Scorecard.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State released a report today that found the Christian Coalition's new congressional ranking to be "overwhelmingly biased toward Republicans."

Americans United sent its findings to the Internal Revenue Service and asked the federal agency to reject the tax exemption of the Coalition, a group founded by TV preacher Pat Robertson. Read more

Gingrich, Republican Leadership, Agree To Act On Religious Right Agenda

GOP 'Deal With The Devil' Shows Disproportionate Power Of Fundamentalist Political Groups, Says AU

Washington, D.C. -- In a press briefing today, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republican congressional leaders announced that they would seek to implement the agenda of the Religious Right. Read more

National Day Of Prayer: Confusing Church And State

Dobsons, Religious Right Use Prayer Day To Advance Religious Right Political Agenda

In 1952 Congress enacted a federal law establishing an annual National Day of Prayer. In 1988, the law was amended to set the date as the first Thursday of each May. The observance, originally intended as a unifying event for the nation, has taken on a decidedly sectarian character in recent years.

Some observers charge that the National Day of Prayer (NDP) has been effectively taken over by Religious Right groups and is being used to oppose church-state separation and promote a narrow political agenda. This year's event, on Thursday, May 7, seems to follow that pattern. Read more

Dobson Seeks Fundamentalist Theocracy

Religious Broadcaster To Pressure Political Leaders In Washington, D.C. This Week

James Dobson, president of the multi-million dollar Focus on the Family empire, seeks to create a fundamentalist theocracy in America through his radical ultra-conservative agenda, according to a new report released by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

House Passes D.C. School Vouchers, Flunks Constitutional Test

Court Test Certain If D.C. Plan Becomes Law, Advocacy Group Vows

Washington, D.C. -- A private school voucher plan for the District of Columbia approved by the U.S. House of Representatives today violates the constitutional separation of church and state and is certain to face a court challenge if it becomes law, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Religious School Voucher Program Challenged In Pennsylvania

Suburban Philadelphia School District Sued Over Plan To Give Tax Aid For Private School Tuition

Parents and taxpayers in a Pennsylvania public school district today filed a lawsuit challenging a local voucher program paying for tuition at religious and other private schools. Read more

Church-state Watchdog Group Denounces Senate Resolution On Ten Commandments

Thou Shalt Not Play Politics With Religion, Says AU

Washington, D.C. — A Senate resolution endorsing the display of the Ten Commandments at courthouses and other government buildings is grossly irresponsible and a violation of church-state separation, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sponsored a resolution encouraging the display of the Ten Commandments at government facilities, especially courthouses. The measure, offered as Amendment 2252 to the congressional budget bill, is tentatively scheduled for debate and a vote today. Read more

IRS Forces TV Preacher Robertson To Stop Using Religious Ministry For Political Purposes

IRS Crackdown On CBN Sends Strong Warning To Other Religious Groups That Do Politicking, Says AU

Washington, D.C. -- The Internal Revenue Service crackdown on TV preacher Pat Robertson sends a strong warning to other tax-exempt religious groups that do politicking, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Jordan's Ten Commandments Proposal Would Violate Church-state Separation, Says Americans United

South Carolina School Board To Consider Religious Display Plan

A national church-state watchdog group has urged the South Carolina State School Board to reject Henry Jordan's proposal on posting the Ten Commandments in public schools, charging the plan would be a violation of the First Amendment. The effort is scheduled for consideration when the board meets in Columbia on Wednesday, March 11.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said that Jordan's plan to post the religious text raises serious constitutional concerns. Read more

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