Today's White House report on "barriers" faith-based groups face in obtaining federal grants is just the latest step in the Bush administration's drive to unconstitutionally fund religion with tax dollars, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has charged. Read more
As the Bush administration prepares to release a report on "barriers" faith-based groups face in obtaining federal grants, Americans United for Separation of Church and State warned that lifting of safeguards could have dire consequences.
The White House report, titled "Unlevel Playing Field: Barriers to Faith-Based and Community Organizations' Participation in Federal Social Service Programs," is scheduled for release tomorrow at the Brookings Institution. Read more
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's ongoing campaign to promote the Ten Commandments has led the judge to unveil a new religious monument in his court's building.
This week, Moore unveiled a four-foot-tall, granite display of the Commandments weighing over 5,000 pounds. The Decalogue is featured in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building, which houses the state Supreme Court in Montgomery. Read more
Attorney General John Ashcroft's appearance at a TV preacher's Washington gathering shows his continuing allegiance to the Religious Right and indifference to religious pluralism, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition to stop retaliating against several African-American employees who are suing the group on charges of racial bias.
In a ruling issued July 30, U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina found that the Coalition had retaliated against the employees who filed the lawsuit by slashing their hours in an effort to drive them off. Urbina ordered that the workers be returned to full-time hours. Read more
Despite intense criticism from the religious, civil liberties, civil rights, educational and social service communities, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today in favor of the White House faith-based initiative.
President Bush's effort to fund religious groups with federal tax dollars was introduced in the House as the "Community Solutions Act" (H.R. 7) by Reps. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) and Tony Hall (D-Ohio). Read more
President George W. Bush's new "values campaign" is the latest evidence of an administration that is determined to merge religion and government, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
According to multiple media accounts, Bush is in the process of slowly implementing a broadly based agenda to promote conservative Christian religious principles through government policies. Read more
A federal judge in Kentucky has dismissed part of a lawsuit against a Baptist youth agency, ruling that the institution can discriminate against gays, but allowing questions about publicly funded religion to go forward.
In a decision likely to reignite national debate over public funding of faith-based social services, Judge Charles Simpson III said state and federal laws barring religious discrimination do not protect gay employees at religious agencies. Read more
Arguments over controversial aspects of President Bush's faith-based initiative sent the House of Representatives into disarray today, leading to a startling delay in consideration of the contentious plan to fund religious groups with federal tax dollars. Read more
Nearly four dozen religious, labor and public policy organizations have sent a joint letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging members to vote against the Community Solutions Act (H.R. 7), a bill advancing President George W. Bush's "faith-based initiative."
The 46 organizations assert that the bill "is an unnecessary proposal that would harm religious liberty, turn back the clock on civil rights and burden local government with lawsuits." Read more