Colorado Ministry Should Lose Tax Exemption For Partisan Political Intervention, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Requests IRS Investigation Of Ridgway Religious Group That Called On Residents To Vote Republican

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a ministry in Ridgway, Colo., that printed and mailed a magazine to state residents asking them to vote for Republican candidates.

The publication was produced by Ridgway Christian Center, an affiliate of Praise Him Ministries. Its cover is dated Fall 2012, and it features a photo of a series of American flags. The headline reads, “Honor God! Love your country! VOTE REPUBLICAN!” Read more

Don’t Force New York City Public Schools To Subsidize Religion, Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Constitution Does Not Require Government To Let Churches Hold Worship Services In Schools

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a federal appeals court to find that government has the right to deny religious institutions access to public schools for worship services.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, Americans United urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a New York City Board of Education policy that prohibits churches from conducting religious worship services in public schools. Read more

Already God-Soaked Presidential Campaign About To Get Another Dose Of That Old-Time Religion

Religious Right’s ‘Values Voter Summit’ Attempts To Push ‘Culture War’ Issues To The Front And Center, Says Americans United

Americans weary of the amount of “God talk” in the presidential campaign had better brace themselves. We may be about to hear a lot more, warns Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

This weekend, Religious Right activists from across the country are gathering in Washington, D.C., to attend the annual “Values Voter Summit” sponsored by the Family Research Council (FRC) and allied groups. The confab is an effort to put the focus on social issues during a time when most voters say the economy is their number one concern. Read more

Americans United Advises Houses Of Worship To Refrain From Partisan Electioneering

With Religious Right Pushing Churches To Go Political, Watchdog Group Sends 60,000 Cautionary Letters To Religious Leaders

Houses of worship should obey federal tax law and stay out of partisan politics, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has advised religious leaders in a national mass mailing.

Americans United has sent over 60,000 letters to clergy across the country to remind them that federal law prohibits tax-exempt entities, such as houses of worship, from endorsing candidates for public office. Read more

Delaware County Council Agrees To Discontinue Recitation Of Lord’s Prayer At Meetings

Council Decision Comes After Federal Court Preliminarily Ruled In Favor Of Plaintiffs Represented by Americans United

The Sussex County (Del.) Council has agreed to permanently stop reciting the Lord’s Prayer before its meetings, Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today.

The council agreed yesterday to discontinue the sectarian invocation as part of a settlement in Mullin v. Sussex County. Read more

Americans United Asks IRS To Investigate El Paso Church That Urged Parishioners To Vote Against Obama

Church-State Watchdog Group Says St. Raphael’s Church May Have Violated Federal Law With Election Intervention

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate an El Paso Catholic church that called for the defeat of President Barack Obama.

St. Raphael Catholic Church ran a notice in a church bulletin dated Aug. 5 that reads, “I am asking all of you to go to the polls and be united in replacing our present president with a president that will respect the Catholic Church in this country. Please pass this on to all of your Catholic friends.” Read more

Americans United Asks IRS To Investigate NYC Church That Endorsed Romney In Its Bulletin

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Church of Saint Catherine Of Siena May Have Violated Federal Law With Election Intervention

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a New York City church that endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in its church bulletin.

The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena’s Sept. 2 bulletin contains a column by the Rev. John Farren, a member of the congregation’s pastoral staff. Titled “From Father Farren, O.P.,” the essay reprints an appeal by several former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican calling on Catholics to vote for Romney. Read more

Americans United Sponsors Nationwide Concert Series to Rally Support for Church-State Separation

‘Voices United’ Project Urges Americans To ‘Take A Seat And Make A Stand’ For Individual Freedom – With Over 75 Shows In 50 States

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced its sponsorship of a nationwide series of grassroots house concerts and live shows that will defend and celebrate the vital principle of church-state separation.

“Voices United for Separation of Church and State,” a first-of-its-kind concert series, will take place Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. Over 75 events are scheduled, with at least one in all 50 states. Read more

IRS should Investigate Missouri Baptist Group for Election Intervention, Church-State Watchdog Says

Tax-Exempt Religious Denomination’s Endorsement Of Akin, Martin Transgressed Federal Law, AU Complaint Charges

A state Baptist group’s endorsement of two political candidates may have violated federal tax law and should be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, a church-state watchdog says.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed a complaint with the IRS about the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) for intervening in the Missouri Republican primary on behalf of candidates for state and federal offices. Read more

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