May 17, 2007
Summary: Some political commentators say the Religious Right is a spent force. The recent death of the Rev. Jerry Falwell will hasten the demise of this movement, they say. Americans United for Separation of Church and State says a careful analysis of the facts suggests otherwise.
The May 15 death of Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell marks a point of passage for the Religious Right, but it does not mean that politically active fundamentalist Christians are in decline or that their movement is waning. Here’s why.
May 15, 2007
Dr. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and one of the key architects of the rise of the Religious Right, died today at age 73.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, released the following statement:
“Jerry Falwell politicized religion and failed to understand the genius of our Constitution, but there is no denying his impact on American political life. He will long be remembered as the face and voice of the Religious Right.
May 02, 2007
Americans United today lauded the defeat of an effort in the House of Representatives to repeal civil rights protections in Head Start, the popular federal program aimed at helping impoverished children gain a sound education.
“Today’s action is a victory for our nation’s commitment to protecting civil rights and advancing early childhood education,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The attempt to re-write Head Start rules to allow for ‘faith-based’ providers to discriminate in hiring based on religion was a mean-spirited affront to a fine program.”
May 02, 2007
Far from being a day to bring people of various faiths together, the National Day of Prayer has been hijacked by intolerant Religious Right groups who seek an officially “Christian nation,” says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The National Day of Prayer (NDP) takes place tomorrow. By federal law, the commemoration occurs on the first Thursday of every May.
Apr 30, 2007
The U.S. House of Representatives is nearing a vote on whether to repeal vital civil rights protections from Head Start.
In March, the House Education and Labor Committee rejected an amendment that would have allowed “faith-based” Head Start providers to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion. Several lawmakers, however, are likely to again try to amend the Head Start reauthorization when it comes to the floor. (A vote is expected on Wednesday of this week.)