• Feb 01, 1999

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should cancel his scheduled appearance before a Republican-focused right-wing group that seeks the ouster of President Bill Clinton and takes controversial stands on issues that come before the court.

    That's the view of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog organization that monitors the far right.

  • Jan 27, 1999

    The Arizona Supreme Court's ruling approving a tax credit scheme to aid private religious schools jeopardizes public education and church-state separation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

    By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the state high court upheld a 1997 law allowing people to take a tax credit for money donated to organizations that subsidize private school tuition.

  • Jan 20, 1999

    A proposal to convert a Roman Catholic school in Chicago into a publicly funded charter school raises a "host of legal concerns," according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

    In a Jan. 20 letter to Paul Vallas, superintendent of the Chicago Public School District, and Gery Chico, president of the school district's Board of Trustees, Americans United Litigation Counsel Ayesha Khan expressed serious reservation about the plan.

    "Any such conversion would raise a host of legal concerns and would thus expose the school district to lengthy and costly litigation," Khan wrote.

  • Dec 10, 1998

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today that it has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate eight churches around the country for intervening in partisan politics by distributing Christian Coalition voter guides two days before last month's election.

    In the formal complaints filed with the IRS today, Americans United noted that federal tax law does not allow non-profit organizations, including churches, to distribute partisan campaign material. The IRS Code forbids churches and other non-profit groups to "participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

  • Nov 09, 1998

    The Supreme Court's decision not to review Wisconsin's school voucher program is disappointing but sets no nationwide precedent, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

    "Sooner or later," said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn, "the Supreme Court will have to deal with the issue of vouchers. The justices took a pass today, but they cannot dodge the issue forever.

    "This action by the court means only that Milwaukee's program may proceed," Lynn continued. "It does not amount to a high court blessing of tax aid to religious schools."