White House Plan To Lift 'barriers' For Faith-based Groups Raises Legal, Policy Questions, Says Americans United

Bush's Deregulation Scheme In Texas Was An 'Unmitigated Disaster,' Church-State Watchdog Group Notes

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

White House Secretly Assured Religious Right That Faith-based Funding Plan Will Allow Religious Groups To Proselytize

Bush Administration's 'Stealth' Strategy Is 'Scandalous Duplicity,' Charges AU's Lynn

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

Christian Coalition Loses Initial Round In Anti-discrimination Case

Federal Judge Orders TV Preacher's Group To Cease Retaliation Against Black Employees

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

Moore Ten Commandments Display Is 'monumental Violation Of Constitution,' Says Americans United

Judge's Religious Crusade Almost Certain To Spark Lawsuit, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

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

White House 'values Campaign' Part Of Crusade To Blur Church And State, Says Americans United

Bush 'Swore On The Bible To Uphold The Constitution, Not The Other Way Around,' Says AU's Lynn

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

Publicly Funded Faith-based Agency Can Discriminate Against Gays, Says Federal Court

However, Tax Aid To Kentucky Baptist Youth Facility Remains Questionable, Judge Rules

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

Americans United Denounces House Passage Of Dangerous Faith-based Initiative

Legislation Joins Church And State In 'Unholy Matrimony,' Says AU's Lynn

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

Disarray Among House Gop Over Job Discrimination Leads To Postponement Of Faith-based Initiative

AU's Lynn Says Bill Is 'Political Nightmare For The White House'

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

Religious, Labor And Public Policy Organizations Urge House To Reject 'faith-based' Legislation

46 Groups Say Bill 'Would Harm Religious Liberty, Turn Back Clock On Civil Rights'

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

Faith-based Initiative Headed For Floor Vote In U.S. House

AU's Lynn Asks Americans To Urge Representatives To Reject Misguided Scheme

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

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