Mar 31, 1999
A federal court acted appropriately when it ruled that a New York church that engaged in blatant partisan politicking deserved to have its tax exemption revoked, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Americans United, a national watchdog group that filed the original 1992 complaint against the Church at Pierce Creek in Vestal, N.Y., applauded the decision as a victory for church-state separation and common sense.
"This decision is a major blow to TV preacher Pat Robertson and other Religious Right leaders who have tried to politicize churches," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.
Mar 31, 1999
Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua's plan to distribute voter guides in Roman Catholic churches could lead to tax problems for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a March 30 letter to Bevilacqua, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn noted that tax-exempt charities, which includes churches, are "absolutely prohibited from intervening in political campaigns."
Newspaper reports indicated that the Archdiocese plans to distribute voter guides for the upcoming mayoral and city council primary election. The guide is to include nine issues, all of which closely track church concerns, and it is to be distributed the Sunday before the May 18 election.
Mar 29, 1999
A plan by government officials in Pueblo West, Colo., to sell a parcel of land to a Roman Catholic church for a fraction of its value raises serious First Amendment concerns, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
"This arrangement smacks of a sweetheart deal," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Government may not give religious groups this type of financial benefit."
Mar 11, 1999
Washington, D.C. — Awash in legal and public relations woes, TV preacher Pat Robertson and his Christian Coalition today attempted to turn the tide against them by announcing a "get out the vote" strategy for religious conservatives in advance of the 2000 elections.
"Robertson is desperately trying to regain some momentum after a year of disasters, blunders and defeats," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "Unless he can control his radical rhetoric and get his political machine running smoothly again, Robertson risks losing his ringside seat in the Republicans' 'big tent.'
Mar 05, 1999
According to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Virginia Gov. James Gilmore should reconsider his decision to appoint TV preacher Pat Robertson to a business development board because Robertson is under investigation in the state for alleged unethical business practices.