TV preacher and Christian Coalition President Pat Robertson is engaged in an aggressive attempt to get conservative California churches to distribute the Coalition's slanted voter guides before the state's March 7 primary. But churches that partake in Robertson's plan are violating federal tax law and running the risk of being punished by the Internal Revenue Service, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
"Republican presidential candidate John McCain's blistering comments on Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell mark a major development in American politics. This is the first time that a viable Republican presidential candidate has insisted that Robertson and Falwell should be excommunicated from the party. In particular, Robertson has clearly gone from being an asset to George W. Bush to being an albatross.
"It is a great benefit for American politics when persons of stature stand up to the extremist views of Robertson and Falwell, and all the demagoguery and bigotry they represent." Read more
The Christian Coalition's lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service is a desperation move that is certain to fail, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
On Feb. 25 the Coalition filed suit against the IRS in U.S. district court in Norfolk, charging that the federal tax agency unfairly denied the group tax exemption. Read more
A dangerous pattern of exploiting religion for political gain has emerged in this year's presidential campaign, a trend that must end immediately before it spirals out of control, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
The Internal Revenue Service should investigate the Third New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit for violating federal tax law by urging members to vote against Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush in Michigan's GOP primary, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a letter to the IRS sent Feb. 22, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn noted that on Feb. 20 the Rev. E.L. Branch, Third New Hope's pastor, encouraged congregants to vote against Bush in today's primary. Read more
The Internal Revenue Service should investigate a New York City church for violating federal tax law by endorsing Democratic candidate Al Gore for president, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a formal complaint filed with the IRS today, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn charged that the Rev. Floyd Flake knowingly violated the Internal Revenue Code by inviting Gore to address his congregation on Feb. 13 and then endorsing the candidate during Sunday morning worship services at Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City. Read more
The U.S. Justice Department has rejected a demand by six Republican senators to investigate Americans United for Separation of Church and State for alleged intimidation and harassment of voters.
In a letter dated Feb. 4 that arrived at Americans United's Washington office yesterday, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John C. Keeney wrote that the complaint against Americans United was deemed not worthy of a criminal investigation and said the matter has been dropped. Read more
State legislatures nationwide are considering legislation intended to promote the posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools or other public buildings -- a dangerous trend criticized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
"This misguided attempt to have government interfere with religion is nothing short of appalling," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Legislation like this is patently unconstitutional and a cynical effort on the part of some politicians to appear pious in an election year. Read more
Public school football games are no place for school-sponsored prayer, Americans United for Separation of Church and State said in a brief filed today with the United States Supreme Court.
Americans United and allied groups filed a "friend of the court" brief in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, a Texas case dealing with school-sanctioned, student-led pre-game prayers broadcast over a high school's public address system. Read more