Supreme Court Orders New Review Of Alabama School Prayer Case

Americans United's Lynn Praises Court Action

The U.S. Supreme Court today ordered a lower federal court to reconsider its ruling permitting certain types of officially sanctioned "student-led" prayer in Alabama public schools.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which cosponsored the case along with the Alabama ACLU, hailed the court's action. Read more

Federal Judge Strikes Down Louisiana School Prayer Law

Americans United Hails 'Important Victory For Individual Rights'

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today hailed a federal court decision striking down a Louisiana law designed to reintroduce official prayer in public schools.

"This is an important victory for individual rights," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "It sends a clear message that government officials can't tell public school students when and how to pray." Read more

Virginia Supreme Court Hears Argument In Dispute Over State Aid For Pat Robertson's Regent University

Mega-Bucks TV Preacher Is Seeking Government Help For Religious School With Endowment Of Over $276 Million

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a closely watched case that centers on whether the state can issue revenue bonds on behalf of TV preacher Pat Robertson's Regent University. On one side of the Virginia College Building Authority v. Barry Lynn, et al case are the multi-millionaire religious broadcaster and his state government allies; on the other side are advocates of church-state separation. The conflict is considered a major showdown over the line between religion and government.

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IRS Can Reject Tax Exemption Of Overtly Political Churches, Federal Appellate Court Rules

Ruling In New York Church Case A 'Staggering Defeat' For Religious Right, Says Americans United

A unanimous ruling by a federal appeals court in Washington today should put an end to Religious Right efforts to draft churches into partisan political efforts, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"This decision slams the door on mixing religion and partisan politics," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "This is a staggering defeat for Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and others who want to convert America's churches into a partisan political machine." Read more

Falwell Ministries Seeks Donations To Fight Al Gore, 'anti-christian Left' In 2000 Elections

Appeal Violates Federal Law Barring Partisan Politicking By Tax-Exempt Groups, AU Tells IRS

A Jerry Falwell Ministries fund-raising letter about Election 2000 provides compelling evidence that the TV preacher's tax-exempt organization is violating federal tax law, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a complaint filed with the Internal Revenue Service today, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn told the federal tax agency that Falwell's appeal for donations shows his ministry is clearly transgressing the ban on partisan politicking by tax-exempt groups. Read more

Idaho Christian Coalition Grills Judicial Candidates On God, Hell And Evolution

Survey Smacks Of Inquisition, Says Americans United

The Idaho Christian Coalition's religiously based survey of judicial candidates is an "outrageous stunt that smacks of the Inquisition," according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Coalition, the state affiliate of TV preacher Pat Robertson's political group, has distributed a 31-question survey that asks candidates for the Idaho Supreme Court where they stand on religious and political issues. Read more

Religious Right Using National Day Of Prayer To Launch Propaganda Campaign Against Church-state Separation

Materials Promote Bogus 'Christian Nation' View Of U.S., Group Charges

The National Day of Prayer has become little more than a propaganda vehicle for the Religious Right to rewrite American history and attack church-state separation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State charged today.

Americans United asserts that the event is dominated by ultra-conservative Religious Right activists who are using it to bash church-state separation and advance an erroneous view of the United States as a "Christian nation." Read more

Federal Court Of Appeals Strikes Down Biblical Phrase As Ohio State Motto

Americans United Commends Court For Upholding Church-State Separation

Americans United for Separation of Church and State commended a federal appeals court ruling that struck down Ohio's state motto, "With God, all things are possible," for violating church-state separation.

In a 2-1 decision in ACLU v. Capitol Square, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the religious motto, which directly quotes the Bible's Book of Matthew (19:26), amounts to state endorsement of Christianity.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, praised the court for supporting the First Amendment. Read more