Supposedly Non-partisan Christian Coalition Rallies Religious Right Supporters For Bush, Republican Party

'if Sleazy Politicking Were An Olympic Event, Robertson Would Win A Gold Medal Every Time,' Says AU's Lynn

The Christian Coalition's "Road to Victory" Conference, which began today in Washington, D.C., is little more than a political rally for the Republican Party and George W. Bush, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said that the Coalition, led by TV preacher Pat Robertson, continues to claim the Religious Right group is non-partisan so it can rope churches into a political machine despite federal tax law prohibitions on church electioneering. Read more

Americans United Launches National Campaign To Warn Churches About Christian Coalition Voter Guides

Distribution Of Partisan Material In Church Could Result In Loss Of Tax-Exempt Status, Says Organization

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind national campaign to educate more than a quarter million churches about the dangers of distributing voter guides from TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition.

At a Washington, D.C., press conference, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn said the organization will mail letters next month to churches all over America urging them not to distribute Coalition guides. Read more

Christian Coalition Recruits Singer Pat Boone To Promote Voter Guide Distribution Project

Americans United Warns Churches Not To Take Tax Advice From Faded Pop Stars

Desperate Christian Coalition officials in California have recruited former pop singer Pat Boone to encourage churches to distribute the group's voter guides this November.

In a recent letter to pastors throughout the state, Boone, a member of the Christian Coalition of California Board of Directors, warns that "ultra liberals" and "anti-Christian organizations" are trying to keep churches out of politics. He endorses a letter from state Coalition officials offering free voter guides to churches. Read more

New President Of Family Research Council Has Track Record Of Hard Line On Social Issues

New Conductor, Same Intolerant Train, Says Americans United

Kenneth L. Connor, introduced today as the new president of the Family Research Council, is a Religious Right activist dedicated to a hard line on social issues, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

At a press conference in the U.S. Capitol this morning, Cooper was named as the new leader of the FRC, the most prominent Religious Right lobbying group in Washington, D.C. Read more

Religious Right Group's Attack On Hindu Prayer In Congress 'reeks Of Religious Bigotry,' Says Au

Family Research Council Says Only Christianity Deserves Government Support

The Family Research Council's scurrilous attack on a Hindu priest's prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives "reeks of religious bigotry," said Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a watchdog group that monitors the Religious Right.

Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala, a Hindu priest with the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Parma, Ohio, made history on Sept. 14 by becoming the first Hindu religious leader to offer an invocation before a session of Congress. Read more

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

Parents Should Know That Observances Are Often Evangelistic, Not Ecumenical, Notes AU's Lynn

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. Read more

New Study Claiming Success For Voucher Students In New York Questioned By Research Firm

A new study claiming that voucher students in New York City are outperforming their public school counterparts has been called into question.

Two weeks ago, voucher advocate Paul E. Peterson of Harvard University issued a study claiming that African American students taking part in a privately funded voucher program in New York did better academically than their public school peers. Read more

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