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.

White House 'values Campaign' Part Of Crusade To Blur Church And State, Says Americans United

Bush 'Swore On The Bible To Uphold The Constitution, Not The Other Way Around,' Says AU's Lynn

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition to stop retaliating against several African-American employees who are suing the group on charges of racial bias.

In a ruling issued July 30, U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina found that the Coalition had retaliated against the employees who filed the lawsuit by slashing their hours in an effort to drive them off. Urbina ordered that the workers be returned to full-time hours.

Publicly Funded Faith-based Agency Can Discriminate Against Gays, Says Federal Court

However, Tax Aid To Kentucky Baptist Youth Facility Remains Questionable, Judge Rules

Despite intense criticism from the religious, civil liberties, civil rights, educational and social service communities, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today in favor of the White House faith-based initiative.

President Bush's effort to fund religious groups with federal tax dollars was introduced in the House as the "Community Solutions Act" (H.R. 7) by Reps. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) and Tony Hall (D-Ohio).

Americans United Denounces House Passage Of Dangerous Faith-based Initiative

Legislation Joins Church And State In 'Unholy Matrimony,' Says AU's Lynn

President George W. Bush's new "values campaign" is the latest evidence of an administration that is determined to merge religion and government, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

According to multiple media accounts, Bush is in the process of slowly implementing a broadly based agenda to promote conservative Christian religious principles through government policies.

Disarray Among House Gop Over Job Discrimination Leads To Postponement Of Faith-based Initiative

AU's Lynn Says Bill Is 'Political Nightmare For The White House'

A federal judge in Kentucky has dismissed part of a lawsuit against a Baptist youth agency, ruling that the institution can discriminate against gays, but allowing questions about publicly funded religion to go forward.

In a decision likely to reignite national debate over public funding of faith-based social services, Judge Charles Simpson III said state and federal laws barring religious discrimination do not protect gay employees at religious agencies.

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