Bush 'faith-based' Initiative Clears House Ways And Means Committee

Measure Is Deeply Flawed, Says AU's Lynn

FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE HEADED FOR FLOOR VOTE IN U.S. HOUSE

AU'S LYNN ASKS AMERICANS TO URGE REPRESENTATIVES TO REJECT MISGUIDED SCHEME

Sources on Capitol Hill have indicated that President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative is headed to the floor in the House of Representatives, with a vote happening as early as Wednesday, July 18. Read more

Rep. Delay Calls Faith-based Initiative An Opportunity To 'rebuke Church-state Separation'

House Leader's Comments To TV Preacher's Congressional Luncheon Underscore Initiative's Real Intent, AU Charges

A key component of President George W. Bush's "faith-based initiative" cleared the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday, and the plan is now headed for a vote in the full House, despite its serious church-state flaws. Read more

Alleged White House Retreat On Employment Discrimination Is Just A 'shell Game,' Says Au's Lynn

Bush Faith-Based Plan Still Allows Discrimination With Public Funds

House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) told an audience yesterday that President George W. Bush's "faith-based initiative" represents "a great opportunity to bring God back into the public institutions of the country" and attacked church-state separation, asserting that it is not in the Constitution.

DeLay, the third ranking Republican in the House, appeared at an invitation-only luncheon gathering for congressional staff organized by TV preacher D. James Kennedy's Center for Christian Statesmanship. Read more

White House, Salvation Army Strike Secret Deal On Discrimination Through Faith-based Initiative

AU's Lynn Describes Bush Administration's Back Room Political Deal As 'Shameful'

Although a White House/Salvation Army deal has fallen apart, the Bush administration's faith-based initiative continues to allow federally funded employment discrimination, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

AU Criticizes House Committee For Approving Faith-based Legislation

Watts/Bush Faith-Based Initiative Still Burdened By Serious Flaws, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced its opposition to Michael W. McConnell's nomination to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

President George W. Bush is prepared to nominate McConnell, currently a professor at the University of Utah Law School, to the federal appeals court despite the scholar's consistent opposition to First Amendment principles such as church-state separation. Read more

Leaders Of Mainline Protestant Groups Are The Latest To Express Concern About Faith-based Initiative

Major Denominations Take Issue With White House Rhetoric, Urge Congress To Slow Down

Despite serious reservations from the religious, civil rights and legal communities, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation yesterday on President Bush's faith-based initiative.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which has spearheaded opposition to the initiative, criticized the measure, insisting the plan would do lasting damage to religion and government. Read more

Bush's 'adjustments' Fail To Address Faith-based Initiative's Fatal Flaws

AU's Lynn Calls White House's Alleged Fixes 'More Spin Than Substance'

Religious leaders from some of the largest mainline Protestant denominations in the nation held a press conference yesterday to express reservations with controversial provisions of President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative.

Representatives from the Baptist, Episcopalian, United Methodist, Presbyterian, Quaker and United Church of Christ traditions spoke at a Capitol Hill press event to discuss their concerns with the Community Solutions Act (H.R. 7), a measure sponsored by Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) that mirrors the White House plan. Read more

Bush's Latest Attempt To Revive 'faith-based Initiative' Won't Work, Says Americans United

AU's Lynn: Proposal Funds Religion, Allows Discrimination

In the latest attempt to resuscitate its faltering faith-based initiative, the Bush administration has promised to make changes to the scheme to make it more palatable to critics.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the leading opponent of the president's faith-based proposal, described the White House's effort as empty rhetoric. Read more

Supreme Court's Refusal To Hear Alabama School Prayer Case Is Disappointing, Says Au

President George W. Bush's effort to jump start his "faith-based initiative" is doomed to fail because the proposal remains deeply flawed, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In an effort to revive the flagging proposal, Bush today addressed the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Detroit. In his remarks, Bush claimed his initiative will spend money on "social services, not worship services." The president, however, went on to say that religious groups will not be required to "hide their religious character" in order to receive public funding. Read more

Faith-based Flip Flop?

Bush Administration Changes Tune, Tells Congress 'Faith-Based' Groups Can't Include Religious Activities In Government-Funded Programs

The Supreme Court's refusal to hear a school prayer case from Alabama is disappointing but it doesn't change basic constitutional principles relating to prayer in schools, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

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