Congressional Resolution Promoting Government-sponsored School Prayer Is Divisive, Americans United Charges

House Gives Public Schools Bad Legal Advice, Says AU's Lynn

President George W. Bush today continued his efforts to rally support for his beleaguered "faith-based" initiative, giving a speech in which he urged Congress to pass a bill "before Christmas."

During a speech at the So Others Might Eat facility in Washington, D.C., Bush lauded an expected Senate bill that may emphasize tax credits for charitable giving. But he also praised the House version of the initiative, which includes several divisive features -- including a measure allowing federally funded employment discrimination.

Bush Asks Senate Leaders To Move On Controversial 'faith-based' Bill, Says Charitable Donations Are Down

Americans United Urges President, Congress Not To Advance Legislation That Violates Constitution

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to support a resolution encouraging public schools to set aside prayer time for students.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the non-binding resolution, which passed 297-125, is unnecessary and recklessly encourages school officials to ignore constitutional law.

Religious Groups' Political Intervention Fails In Virginia, New Jersey Elections

Voters Don't Respond To Religious Directives In Politics, Says Americans United's Lynn

President George W. Bush has written to Senate leaders, urging them to move forward on several provisions of his "faith-based" initiative this year.

In his Nov. 7 letter to Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Minority Leader Trent Lott, Bush said Americans have contributed generously to groups offering assistance related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but that other charities may suffer a drop-off in donations. As a result, Bush insisted that an "Armies of Compassion" bill should be passed before the end of this congressional session.

Christian Coalition's Virginia Voter Guide Is Stacked To Support Gop, Says Americans United

Partisan Campaign Materials Cannot Legally Be Distributed In Tax-Exempt Houses Of Worship, Says AU's Lynn

Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) has announced that he will reintroduce a constitutional amendment to allow government-sponsored religion in public schools and other public buildings.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State described the proposal as a "constitutional nightmare."

Religious Right 'voter Guides' Could Get Virginia Churches In Trouble With The Irs, Watchdog Group Warns

Tax-Exempt Houses Of Worship Can't Be Partisan, Americans United Says In Advisory Letter

At this time of national tragedy, we extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those killed and injured in the horrific attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. As a people, we cannot -- and will not -- allow these repugnant crimes to weaken our commitment to the American values of democracy, pluralism and freedom of conscience. Our nation stands united in our determination that terrorism will not triumph over constitutional government and that those guilty of these crimes will be brought to justice.

Church-state Separation And The Aftermath Of Sept. 11

Applying The Constitution In The Wake Of The Terrorist Attacks: An Americans United Position Paper

Voter guides prepared by TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition for the Nov. 6 Virginia elections are skewed toward Republican candidates and are therefore inappropriate for church distribution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Jerry Falwell Tries To Cash In On Controversy

TV Preacher's Ministry Sends Out Fund-Raising Appeal Exploiting His Controversial Tirade Over Terrorist Attacks

The horrific terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11 have led to an increase in what many scholars call "civil religion"-- endorsements (usually fairly generic) of God and faith by political leaders and government officials. It is important to remember that our civil liberties are at great risk in times of crisis, and that we should therefore be more, rather than less, vigilant about protecting them from erosion in the coming weeks and months.

During these challenging times, Americans United would like to stress the following points:

AU Warns Cleveland Mayoral Hopeful Not To Use Churches To Promote Campaign

Although TV preacher Jerry Falwell claims to have apologized for his infamous remarks about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, his ministry has sent a fund-raising letter to donors recasting his statements in a positive light and depicting him as a victim of the news media "wolf pack" and "liberal lies."