National Groups Urge President To Postpone Action On 'charitable Choice' Aid To Churches

44 Labor, Religious, Health And Civil Rights Groups Say 'Faith-Based' Job Bias Is 'Religiously Divisive,' Would Undercut National Unity

Religious groups should be able to spread their faith without having to apply for permission from the government, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a case from Stratton, Ohio, challenging a village ordinance that requires anyone wishing to engage in door-to-door solicitation or religious proselytizing to register with the city government and fill out a form giving detailed information about their activities.

Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn said the ordinance is too broad. Read more

Federal Appellate Court To Hear Arguments In Case Challenging Louisiana School Prayer Law

Official Prayer Would Divide Students Along Religious Lines, Civil Liberties Groups Charge

An Alabama congressman is preparing to unveil federal legislation that would allow government posting of the Ten Commandments in public buildings and bar federal courts from hearing cases challenging the religious displays.

Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-Ala.) says he will reintroduce the legislation, which he has labeled the "Ten Commandments Defense Act," shortly after Labor Day.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State said Aderholt's legislation represents an assault on constitutional principles. Read more

White House Considers Renewed Drive To Fund Churches Through 'faith-based Initiative'

Bush Push To Win 'Charitable Choice' Grants For Religion Would Be Deeply Divisive, Charges AU's Lynn

The United States Supreme Court announced today that it will hear arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of a religious school voucher program in Cleveland.

The justices have agreed to hear Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, which deals with a controversial program created six years ago that provides tax dollars to finance tuition at religious and other private schools. Read more

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Cleveland School Voucher Case

Announcement Sets Stage For Historic Church-State Showdown At High Court

A Louisiana law allowing daily spoken prayer by students and teachers in public schools violates the constitutional separation of church and state and would violate the rights of students.

That's the message that two civil liberties groups will deliver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Read more

'see You At The Pole' Events Are Legal If Schools Remain Neutral, Says Americans United

AU's Lynn Reminds Parents That Observances Are Often Evangelistic, Not Ecumenical

A renewed White House push to secure Senate passage of "charitable choice" funding for churches would be "deeply divisive," Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned.

The Washington Post reported today that Bush administration officials are considering an aggressive drive on behalf of the "faith-based initiative," a package of proposals that would subsidize churches and other ministries that operate social services. Read more

Americans United Responds To Statements By Falwell, Robertson About Terrorist Attack On America

TV Preachers Blame Attack On Federal Courts, Groups That Support Church-State Separation

Voluntary student prayer at "See You At The Pole" events is legal, so long as constitutional safeguards are respected, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. However, parents should be aware that the observances are frequently evangelistic, not ecumenical, the group noted. Read more

Statement Of The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director Of Americans United

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today strongly criticized two prominent TV preachers' attempts to blame the recent terrorist attacks on groups that support church-state separation and civil liberties.

The Revs. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson asserted recently that organizations that support church-state separation and individual freedom are ultimately to blame for the horrific terrorist attack on the United States Sept. 11 because they have kicked God out of public life. Read more

Alabama Congressman Prepares To Introduce Patently Unconstitutional 'ten Commandments Defense Act'

Americans United Calls Effort To Endorse Religion, Strip Federal Court AUthority 'Reckless And Radical'

The Bush administration has quietly assured conservative Christians that a voucher scheme and other loopholes in the "faith-based initiative" will allow religious groups to proselytize in publicly funded programs, an evangelical news magazine has reported. Read more

Diiulio To Resign As Head Of White House Faith-based Office

Marginalized Academic Gives Up After Initiative Draws Fire From All Sides, Says Americans United

President George W. Bush's administration has engaged in secret negotiations with the Salvation Army over the controversial faith-based initiative, which will give the religious group broad discretion to discriminate against gays with public tax dollars. Read more

White House Report On Faith-based 'barriers' Promotes Illegal Aid To Religion, Charges Americans United

Bush Administration Scheme Could Prompt Lawsuit, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

John DiIulio has announced that he will be stepping down as head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the controversial agency President George W. Bush created to direct greater public funding to religion.

In an interview with Cox Newspapers, DiIulio indicated that he was unhappy in Washington and grew frustrated by intense pressure from across the ideological spectrum. "We had every possible criticism from every possible side," he complained. "Left, right, all sides." He blasted the "nonsense" that he feels dominated Washington debates. Read more

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