Ashcroft Applauds TV Preacher's 'christian Nation' Diatribe

Attorney General Speaks At D. James Kennedy's Capitol Hill Gathering

President George W. Bush today announced that he has asked the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to develop materials to guide urban congregations in finding role models for young men who have been raised without fathers. Bush made the remarks at the National Summit on Fatherhood in Washington, D.C.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the president is heading down the wrong path.

Faith-based Group Draws Criticism For Telling House Congressional Committee About 'completed Jews'

Teen Challenge -- A Bush Favorite -- Boasts About Converting Jews To Christianity

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it would not hear an appeal of an Indiana case dealing with a government-sponsored Ten Commandments monument displayed on public property.

The high court's rejection of Books v. City of Elkhart allows a lower court ruling prohibiting government endorsement of the Commandments to stand.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed a brief in the case at the appeals court level, said this is the latest in a long line of setbacks for supporters of government-sponsored religion.

Bush Meets With Religious Groups In 'desperation Bid' To Get 'faith-based' Initiative Back In Motion

'hail Mary' Passes Usually Don't Work, Says AU's Lynn

The debate over public funding of religious social service providers grew more intense this week when a leader of one of President Bush's favorite faith-based groups made insensitive comments during a congressional hearing.

A top official of Teen Challenge International, a fundamentalist Christian substance-abuse program that treats addicts through proselytizing, drew criticism for calling Jewish converts to Christianity "completed Jews."

Success Rate Of 'faith-based' Recovery Programs Grossly Exaggerated, Says Americans United

Claims Of 80 Percent Cure Rates Not Backed By Empirical Research, Watchdog Group Asserts

President George W. Bush is using tomorrow's National Day of Prayer to help promote the Religious Right agenda and further cement his ties with religious conservatives, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has charged.

"George W. Bush is president of all the people," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. "He should not use his office to promote a narrow religious agenda. He holds the office of president, not national pastor."

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.

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.

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.)

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."

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.

Pages