Virginia Court Should Block Government Bond Issue For TV Preacher's Regent University, Says AU

Don't Ask Taxpayers To Pass Collection Plate For Pat Robertson, Watchdog Group Urges

Richmond, Va. — A Virginia state bond issue for TV preacher Pat Robertson's Regent University would violate the Constitution and state law, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a brief filed today with the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond, Americans United said a proposed bond issue of $54.5 million for Regent University would violate the separation of church and state. Read more

U.S. Senators Call For Criminal Investigation Of AU

At Behest Of TV Preacher Robertson, Senators Make 'Baseless' Claim That AU Attempted To 'Intimidate People Of Faith' In Voting Process

Three members of the United States Senate have written to the U.S. Department of Justice, seeking a criminal investigation of Americans United for Separation of Church and State for allegedly trying to intimidate religious voters. Read more

Federal Appellate Court Decision In Alabama School Prayer Case Is 'mixed Bag'

AU's Lynn Says Charge Is 'Outrageous'

A federal appellate court ruling on school prayer in Alabama is a "mixed bag," according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 13 that teachers and other school officials may not prescribe prayers, but they also may not prohibit religious speech by students. The appeals panel said a federal district court injunction in the Chandler v. James case unduly restricted student religious speech and sent the case back for revision. Read more

AU Protests TV Preacher Robertson's Attempt To Link Group To Neo-Nazi's Shooting Spree

Americans United Succeeds In Blocking $55 Million Deal

TV preacher Pat Robertson's attempt to implicate Americans United for Separation of Church and State in neo-Nazi Benjamin Nathaniel Smith's deadly shooting rampage is "ridiculous and outrageous," according to AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. Read more

Christian Coalition Voter Registration Project Advances Republican Agenda, Watchdog Group Charges

Robertson's Greed 'Knows No Bounds,' Says AU's Lynn

A church-based voter registration project set to get under way this Sunday is part of TV preacher Pat Robertson's Republican electioneering effort for the year 2000, and congregations should not participate, a church-state watchdog group has urged.

"Churches should not participate in this blatantly partisan project," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "Pastors have a moral obligation not to involve their churches in political schemes and this is clearly phase one of such a campaign. Read more

'Prayer And Fasting' Resolution Fails In House

Scots Repudiate TV Preacher's Bigotry, Intolerance

A congressional resolution calling on the American people to engage in "prayer, fasting and humiliation" failed in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. However, opponents of the measure recognized the victory as short-lived as the resolution is likely to be reintroduced almost immediately.

H.Con.Res.94 was rejected despite a 275-140 vote in favor of it. Under parliamentary rules in use yesterday, the measure needed a two-thirds majority to pass. Read more

Prayer Resolution Shows House 'Hopelessly Adrift,' Says AU

Days after passing a measure encouraging public schools and governments to post the Ten Commandments, the House of Representatives is poised to debate a proposal calling on the American people to engage in prayer, fasting and humiliation.

"Obviously, the House of Representatives is hopelessly adrift," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "Our nation faces serious problems, but all the House can offer are pious platitudes and meaningless resolutions." Read more

Army Should Reject Call For Ban On Wiccans, Says Americans United

Americans United Applauds Ruling, Says Court Momentum Turning Against Voucher Movement

Military officials should reject a congressman's demand that practice of the Wiccan faith be banned on military bases, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Religious School Voucher Program Challenged In Florida Court

Watchdog Group Criticizes Series Of 'Patently Unconstitutional' Amendments To Juvenile Justice Bill

With support from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, parents and taxpayers in Florida today filed a lawsuit challenging a state voucher program paying for tuition at religious and other private schools.

Americans United has joined a coalition of educational and public policy organizations to contest the voucher plan, which was enacted by the Florida legislature at the behest of Gov. Jeb Bush. Read more

Politics, Not Principle, Motivates House Votes On Church-state Legislation, Charges Americans United

Plan To Give Tax Aid For Religious School Tuition Violates Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

A flurry of votes on church-state matters in the U.S. House of Representatives represents one of the most deplorable assaults on religious liberty in recent memory, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Within a 24-hour period, the House considered and passed four amendments to a juvenile justice bill (the Consequences for Juvenile Offenders Act of 1999, H.R. 1501), each in apparent conflict with religious freedom and the First Amendment. Read more

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