According to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Virginia Gov. James Gilmore should reconsider his decision to appoint TV preacher Pat Robertson to a business development board because Robertson is under investigation in the state for alleged unethical business practices. Read more
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement today concerning the death of Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun:
"We were saddened to learn of the death of Justice Harry Blackmun. Justice Blackmun was one of the Supreme Court's great advocates of church-state separation and freedom of conscience. His commitment to the cause grew steadily throughout his tenure on the court, and his writings on the subject reflected keen insight and common sense mixed with flashes of wit. Read more
The Lumpkin County, Ga., County Commissioner has decided to remove a Ten Commandments display from the local courthouse after a threatened lawsuit by civil liberties groups.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Georgia affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union contacted the county to warn that legal action could result unless the Commandments display was removed. Read more
The Bible mandates death by stoning for rebellious teenagers, according to a Pennsylvania preacher and Religious Right activist.
The Rev. William O. Einwechter's article, "Stoning Disobedient Children," appeared in the January issue of Chalcedon Report, a monthly journal published by the Chalcedon Foundation in Vallecito, Calif.
In the article, Einwechter cites Deuteronomy 21:18-21, which advises parents to take "a stubborn and rebellious son" before city elders to be stoned to death if he will not change his ways. Read more
Television preacher and Religious Right leader Jerry Falwell has warned parents that "Tinky Winky," a character on the popular PBS children's show, "Teletubbies," may be gay.
In a "Parents Alert" in the February issue of Jerry Falwell's National Liberty Journal, the Falwell newspaper says the "sexual preference of Tinky Winky" is the subject of debate and notes that the character sometimes carries a red purse.
The newspaper article, headlined "Tinky Winky Comes Out Of The Closet," cites other evidence as well. Read more
Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn issued the following statement today concerning the resignation of Donald Hodel as president of the Christian Coalition:
"When Pat Robertson announced the appointment of Don Hodel and Randy Tate to run the Christian Coalition in June of 1997, he said their assignment was to double the group's membership, train twice as many political candidates and double the organization's legislative initiatives in Congress and in state legislatures. Read more
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should cancel his scheduled appearance before a Republican-focused right-wing group that seeks the ouster of President Bill Clinton and takes controversial stands on issues that come before the court.
That's the view of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog organization that monitors the far right. Read more
The Arizona Supreme Court's ruling approving a tax credit scheme to aid private religious schools jeopardizes public education and church-state separation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the state high court upheld a 1997 law allowing people to take a tax credit for money donated to organizations that subsidize private school tuition. Read more
A proposal to convert a Roman Catholic school in Chicago into a publicly funded charter school raises a "host of legal concerns," according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a Jan. 20 letter to Paul Vallas, superintendent of the Chicago Public School District, and Gery Chico, president of the school district's Board of Trustees, Americans United Litigation Counsel Ayesha Khan expressed serious reservation about the plan. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today that it has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate eight churches around the country for intervening in partisan politics by distributing Christian Coalition voter guides two days before last month's election. Read more