Bush Administration Reverses Course On Faith-based 'set-aside'

Health And Human Services Dept. Caves To AU Demand On 'Religious Quota' Controversy

Claims that "faith-based" drug and alcohol recovery programs are more effective than their secular counterparts are not supported by empirical research data, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, noted that one of the arguments frequently made by supporters of President George W. Bush's "faith-based initiative" is that religious groups are more effective than secular or government programs in helping alcoholics and drug addicts become sober. Read more

National Watchdog Group Announces Opposition To Mcconnell Nomination For Federal Appeals Court

Utah Scholar Wants To Repeal Church-State Separation, 'Makes Bork Look Moderate,' Says AU's Lynn

A federal grant program that had been earmarked exclusively for religious groups will now be open to secular organizations, ending a controversy brought to public attention by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Last week, Americans United learned of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) program that allocated $4 million in grant funds for "faith-based" institutions for substance abuse and HIV prevention. Read more

Americans United Criticizes President Bush For 'hosting' National Day Of Prayer Events

White House Helps Religious Right Push Agenda, AU Charges

President George W. Bush's repeated appearances with religious leaders this week are a "desperation bid" to get his "faith-based" initiative back in motion, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, "This is a desperation bid by President Bush to get his 'faith-based' initiative back in motion, but 'Hail Mary' passes usually don't work." (Americans United has spearheaded the opposition to the initiative.) Read more

Watts 'faith-based' Summit Meets Behind Closed Doors, Lacks Diversity, Charges Americans United

What Are They Trying To Hide?' Asked AU's Barry Lynn

President George W. Bush's plan to funnel billions in tax money to churches and other religious organizations to fund "faith-based" social services appears to be in increasingly deep political trouble.

The Washington Post reported today that the Bush administration "will delay action on parts of its plan to channel more government money to religious charities until it can quiet some of the surprisingly vehement opposition to the program." Read more

Americans United, Clergy Allies Urge Congress To Reject Bush 'faith-based' Funding Initiative

Over 850 Religious Leaders Sign Letter Opposing Publicly Funded Discrimination, Church-State Entanglement

Americans United for Separation of Church and State criticized today's Republican congressional "faith-based" summit for meeting behind closed doors and excluding diverse opinion.

"What are they trying to hide?" asked the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Rep. J.C. Watts and his friends are discussing critically important federal policy on public funding of religion, yet they're only hearing from one side and they're doing it behind closed doors. Read more

AU Asks Congress To Remove Extremists From Faith-based Summit's Religious Advisory Committee

One Committee Member Tapped By House Gop Conference Called Jews 'Dirty And Wicked'

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today joined a broad coalition of clergy urging members of Congress to reject President George W. Bush's plan to funnel tax dollars into "faith-based" organizations.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, joined members of the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination (CARD) at a Capitol Hill press conference this afternoon to unveil a letter signed by over 850 members of the clergy expressing strong reservations about the main aspects of the Bush plan. Read more

Pat Robertson Condones China's Forced Abortion Policy

TV Preacher And Christian Coalition Leader Says Chinese Are 'Doing What They Have To Do' To Curb Population Growth

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked members of the Republican congressional leadership to remove controversial religious leaders who have used bigoted language from a panel assembled to craft "faith-based" legislation.

The U.S. House Republican Conference, chaired by Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.), announced earlier this month that 32 religious leaders have been appointed to serve on an advisory committee for the House-Senate Republican Faith-Based Leadership Summit planned for April 25. Read more

Religious, Education, Labor, Civil Liberties And Health Advocacy Groups Oppose House 'faith-based' Proposal

Watts-Hall Bill Subsidizes Religious Discrimination, Undermines Constitutional Rights, Says Broad Coalition

TV preacher and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson has condoned China's policy of forced abortions, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer last night that the Chinese are "doing what they have to do" to keep the lid on a spiraling population.

Robertson, who has repeatedly blasted legal abortion in the United States, said during an interview on "Wolf Blitzer Reports" that the Chinese policy is necessary because the country's population has topped 1 billion. Read more

New Pew Poll Shows Americans Oppose Religious Discrimination With Public Funds

Results Find Public Has Serious Reservations About Bush 'Faith-Based' Initiative, Says Americans United

A broad coalition of religious, education, labor, civil liberties and health advocacy groups today urged the U.S. House to reject a bill that directs tax aid to houses of worship to provide social services.

Two dozen groups representing millions of Americans said the "charitable choice" provisions of the Watts-Hall "Community Solutions Act" (H.R. 7) must be rejected. The provisions, which reflect the Bush administration's "faith-based" initiative, allow religious groups to get government funds without the church-state safeguards that have been in effect in the past. Read more

Pat Robertson's Regent University Flunks American History

National Magazine Ad For TV Preacher's Graduate School Recruits Donations With Bogus James Madison Quote

A majority of Americans have deep reservations about President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative, a new opinion poll shows.

According to a survey released today by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 68 percent of Americans worry that faith-based programs might lead to too much government involvement with religion, while six out of ten are concerned that publicly funded religious groups would proselytize recipients of social services. Read more

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