Apr 27, 1999
"The recent shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., horrified the nation. In the wake of this tragedy, some have asserted that America could avoid similar problems in the future by interjecting religious worship and religious instruction into public schools. This is a profoundly misguided reaction.
"Public schools must serve children from many different religious and philosophical backgrounds. Mandating religious worship in our public schools will only serve to alienate some students and make them feel like outsiders. This is exactly the wrong message to send at a time like this.
Apr 25, 1999
The Maine Supreme Court ruled Friday, April 23, that publicly funded voucher subsidies for private religious schools are unconstitutional.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, one of the groups that helped fight the voucher proposal in Maine's courts, applauded the ruling as a victory for public schools and church-state separation.
Apr 19, 1999
CEO America's widely publicized privately funded voucher plan is a ruse the group hopes will lead to taxpayer support of religious and other private schools, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
"Americans shouldn't be fooled," said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. "CEO America wants to privatize the public school system. Their much-ballyhooed 'scholarship' scheme is merely a step in that direction."
Continued Lynn, "This is a classic bait-and-switch con game. CEO America is using privately funded vouchers as the bait in the hopes that they will lead to the 'switch' -- publicly funded vouchers and, eventually, the privatization of education. Shame on them."
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.