'see You At The Pole' Events Are Legal If Schools Remain Neutral, Says Americans United

AU's Lynn Reminds Parents That Observances Are Often Evangelistic, Not Ecumenical

A renewed White House push to secure Senate passage of "charitable choice" funding for churches would be "deeply divisive," Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned.

The Washington Post reported today that Bush administration officials are considering an aggressive drive on behalf of the "faith-based initiative," a package of proposals that would subsidize churches and other ministries that operate social services.

Americans United Responds To Statements By Falwell, Robertson About Terrorist Attack On America

TV Preachers Blame Attack On Federal Courts, Groups That Support Church-State Separation

Voluntary student prayer at "See You At The Pole" events is legal, so long as constitutional safeguards are respected, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. However, parents should be aware that the observances are frequently evangelistic, not ecumenical, the group noted.

Statement Of The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director Of Americans United

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today strongly criticized two prominent TV preachers' attempts to blame the recent terrorist attacks on groups that support church-state separation and civil liberties.

The Revs. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson asserted recently that organizations that support church-state separation and individual freedom are ultimately to blame for the horrific terrorist attack on the United States Sept. 11 because they have kicked God out of public life.

Diiulio To Resign As Head Of White House Faith-based Office

Marginalized Academic Gives Up After Initiative Draws Fire From All Sides, Says Americans United

President George W. Bush's administration has engaged in secret negotiations with the Salvation Army over the controversial faith-based initiative, which will give the religious group broad discretion to discriminate against gays with public tax dollars.

White House Report On Faith-based 'barriers' Promotes Illegal Aid To Religion, Charges Americans United

Bush Administration Scheme Could Prompt Lawsuit, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

John DiIulio has announced that he will be stepping down as head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the controversial agency President George W. Bush created to direct greater public funding to religion.

In an interview with Cox Newspapers, DiIulio indicated that he was unhappy in Washington and grew frustrated by intense pressure from across the ideological spectrum. "We had every possible criticism from every possible side," he complained. "Left, right, all sides." He blasted the "nonsense" that he feels dominated Washington debates.

White House Secretly Assured Religious Right That Faith-based Funding Plan Will Allow Religious Groups To Proselytize

Bush Administration's 'Stealth' Strategy Is 'Scandalous Duplicity,' Charges AU's Lynn

As the Bush administration prepares to release a report on "barriers" faith-based groups face in obtaining federal grants, Americans United for Separation of Church and State warned that lifting of safeguards could have dire consequences.

The White House report, titled "Unlevel Playing Field: Barriers to Faith-Based and Community Organizations' Participation in Federal Social Service Programs," is scheduled for release tomorrow at the Brookings Institution.

Christian Coalition Loses Initial Round In Anti-discrimination Case

Federal Judge Orders TV Preacher's Group To Cease Retaliation Against Black Employees

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's ongoing campaign to promote the Ten Commandments has led the judge to unveil a new religious monument in his court's building.

This week, Moore unveiled a four-foot-tall, granite display of the Commandments weighing over 5,000 pounds. The Decalogue is featured in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building, which houses the state Supreme Court in Montgomery.