Irs Urged To Investigate Church Electioneering

Watchdog Group Questions Church Endorsements Of Candidates In Texas, Maryland

Church endorsements of political candidates in Texas and Maryland should be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In letters to the IRS Nov. 4, Americans United cited two reports of church electioneering at Sunday services last weekend.
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Christian Coalition 'voter Guides' Skewed To Help Ideological Allies In 2002 Elections

AU'S Lynn Urges Houses of Worship to Heed Tax Law, Avoid Partisan Campaign Materials

The Christian Coalition's 2002 "voter guides" are biased, partisan campaign materials and have no place in America's houses of worship, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Catholic Church Intervention In New Mexico Campaign Sparks Irs Complaint By Watchdog Group

Church Electioneering Prohibited Under Federal Tax Law, Says AU

The Internal Revenue Service should investigate the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe for violating federal tax law by intervening in the New Mexico governor's race, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Federal Lawsuit Against 'ten Commandments Judge' Roy Moore Wraps Up In Alabama

State-Sponsored Religious Display At Judicial Building Violates Constitution, Groups Say

A lawsuit challenging State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's Ten Commandments display has wrapped up in Alabama.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama filed suit against Moore after he arranged to have a two-ton sculpture of the Ten Commandments placed in the lobby of the Judicial Building in Montgomery. Read more

Media Backgrounder Struggling Christian Coalition Hooks Up With New Tv Preacher

Joyce Meyer Brings Loyal Following And Controversy To Religious Right Group's Washington Conference

When the Christian Coalition gathers for its national conference in Washington, D.C., this weekend, a controversial television preacher will be the star of the show.

But this year, instead of Coalition founder Pat Robertson, it will be Joyce Meyer. Read more

Tv Preacher Pat Robertson Gets 'faith-based' Grant From Bush Administration

Federal Grants To Robertson, Other Religious Leaders, Entangle Church And State, AU Charges

Giving TV preacher Pat Robertson and other religious leaders control over the distribution of public funds through the Bush "faith-based" initiative violates the Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

Church Electioneering Bill Rejected In House Of Representatives

Americans United Praises House Vote Preserving Integrity Of Houses Of Worship, Political Process

A bill to allow tax-exempt houses of worship to intervene in partisan political campaigns was strongly rejected today in the House of Representatives.

The final vote was 239-178 against the legislation. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a leading opponent of the legislation, praised the action. Read more

Bill To Allow Church Electioneering To Get Floor Vote In U.s. House On Oct.1

Bill Would 'Wreak Havoc' On Religious Integrity, Political Process, Says AU's Lynn

Legislation that would allow tax-exempt houses of worship to intervene in partisan political campaigns will receive a floor vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Oct. 1, according to Capitol Hill sources. Read more

Americans United Urges Senate To Reject Mcconnell Nomination To Federal Appeals Court

Nominee's Views On Church-State Relations Far Outside Legal Mainstream, Watchdog Group Says

The Senate should reject the nomination of University of Utah law professor Michael McConnell to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a report released today, Americans United surveys McConnell's writings and finds unremitting hostility toward the separation of church and state. McConnell's disdain for this core constitutional principle, Americans United says, makes him unfit for the federal bench. Read more

Government-sponsored Religious Service In Chicago Violates Constitution, Watchdog Group Warns

City-Commissioned Sept. 11 Prayer Raises Serious Legal Concerns, Says Americans United

A government-sponsored religious service in Chicago to commemorate Sept. 11 violates the U.S. Constitution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a letter to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Americans United warned that the city's planned Sept. 11 memorial ceremony fosters too much entanglement between religion and government. Read more

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