Christian Action Network Attack On Hillary Clinton Is Sleazy Religious Right Stunt, Says Americans United

The Christian Action Network, a Religious Right group based in Forest, Va., today announced plans to place ads in the New York media suggesting that First Lady and New York Senate candidate Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today said the action is a typically sleazy move by the group and its president, Martin Mawyer, a former employee of the Rev. Jerry Falwell's now-defunct Moral Majority. Read more

Church-state Watchdog Group Urges Lieberman To Curtail Religious Rhetoric Of Presidential Campaign

AU's Lynn Tells Connecticut Senator 'Enough Is Enough'

Americans United for Separation of Church and State wrote to Sen. Joseph Lieberman today, urging the vice presidential candidate to reduce his use of religious campaign rhetoric.

In recent days, Lieberman has actively been emphasizing his personal faith in campaign speeches throughout the Midwest. At a stop in Detroit, Lieberman told audiences, "As a people, we need to reaffirm our faith and renew the dedication of our nation and ourselves to God and God's purposes." He added that he believes the First Amendment "guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion." Read more

Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Over Public Hospital Run By Religious Directives Of Catholic Bishops

Religious Control Over Florida Hospital Violates Separation Of Church And State, Federal Lawsuit Says

Four national advocacy organizations, along with four concerned community residents, filed a federal lawsuit today against the City of St. Petersburg, Bayfront Medical Center and BayCare Health System over the operation of a public hospital under religious doctrines.

The suit charges that direct and indirect support of the hospital with taxpayer funds violates the separation of church and state because the medical facility operates under the religious tenets of the Roman Catholic Church, an unconstitutional religious entanglement for the city-owned hospital. Read more

Watchdog Group Files Complaint With IRS About Politicking By Georgia Church

Records Show Warner Robins Congregation Gave Donations To Legislative Candidate

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate reports that a Georgia church gave cash donations to a state legislative candidate in violation of federal tax law.

Americans United, a national church-state watchdog group, said financial disclosure forms filed with the Georgia state government by Rep. Pamela Bohannon say the First Assembly of God in Warner Robins, Ga., made a $1,000 donation to Bohannon in her 1998 campaign and a $1,000 donation to her current reelection effort. Read more

Colorado's Largest School District Rejects 'in God We Trust' Posters For Area Schools

Unanimous Decision Draws Praise From Americans United

The Jefferson County Board of Education, representing Colorado's largest school district, voted unanimously last night to reject a proposal to display "In God We Trust" posters in the district's 145 schools. Americans United for Separation of Church and State commended the board for its support for church-state separation. Read more

Americans United Statement On The Role Of Religion And Politics In The Presidential Campaign

AU's Lynn Urges Candidates To Reaffirm Church-State Separation

The appropriate role of religion in politics has emerged as a major point of discussion in the 2000 presidential campaign.

Earlier this week, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected as his running mate Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the first Jewish American chosen to run for national office. In Lieberman's first speech, the Connecticut senator, who is known for his personal religious devotion, began his address with a prayer and a quote from the biblical book of Chronicles. Read more

Religious Right Opponents Of Evolution Lose Control Of Kansas Board Of Education

Americans United Says Voters' Rejection Of Creationism Has Important National Implications

The results of yesterday's Kansas School Board elections are a clear and stinging rebuke to the Religious Right, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"These results demonstrate that Americans want quality science, not religious fundamentalism masked as science, taught in public schools," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. Read more

IRS Should Investigate Philadelphia Church For Endorsing George Bush At Gop Convention, Says Americans United


A Philadelphia pastor may have violated federal tax law by endorsing George W. Bush from the pulpit of his church during the Republican National Convention last night, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

During the convention, the Rev. Herbert Lusk of Greater Exodus Baptist Church was brought into the convention hall via satellite hookup. Lusk, speaking from his church in North Philadelphia, addressed the cheering delegates and said, "We are supporting Gov. Bush, and we are supporting him because we know that he understands that we must give faith a chance." Read more

Christian Coalition Wins 'hollow Victory' In Lawsuit Against Irs, According To Americans United

$169 Award Won't Pay For 'Tank Of Fuel For Pat Robertson's Jet,' Says AU's Lynn

Recent claims by the Christian Coalition that it has won a great victory against the Internal Revenue Service over the issue of the group's tax-exempt status are greatly inflated and inaccurate, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Last February the Christian Coalition, a group founded by TV preacher Pat Robertson, sued the IRS in federal court, claiming that the federal tax agency discriminated against the organization by denying it a 501(c)(4) tax exemption in 1999. Read more

House Votes For Display Of 'in God We Trust' Motto In Public Buildings

Americans United Says Congress' 'Nod To God' Is Yet Another Election-Year Stunt

Today's vote in the House of Representatives encouraging display of the "In God We Trust" motto in public buildings is the latest in the painfully habitual trend of Congress manipulating religion for political gain, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more