• Jun 03, 1998

    Washington, D.C. — The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, applauded today's House vote against U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook's so-called "Religious Freedom Amendment." The final vote in favor of the amendment was 224 to 203, a majority but still far short of the two-thirds vote needed to pass a constitutional amendment.

    "The religious freedom of all Americans is secure today, thanks to the House vote," observed Lynn. "Our Constitution and our cherished freedom of conscience remain uncompromised by crass politics.

  • May 27, 1998

    Washington, D.C. -- Republicans in Congress are saints and Democrats are sinners. At least, that's the case if you believe the 1998 Christian Coalition Congressional Scorecard.

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State released a report today that found the Christian Coalition's new congressional ranking to be "overwhelmingly biased toward Republicans."

    Americans United sent its findings to the Internal Revenue Service and asked the federal agency to reject the tax exemption of the Coalition, a group founded by TV preacher Pat Robertson.

  • May 07, 1998

    Washington, D.C. -- In a press briefing today, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republican congressional leaders announced that they would seek to implement the agenda of the Religious Right.

    Meeting with Focus on the Family President James Dobson and other fundamentalist leaders in Washington, D.C., Gingrich and others said they would appoint a special congressional working group to confer weekly with Religious Right leaders to forward their agenda. This meeting follows a furious assault in recent weeks by religious conservatives who are demanding a political payback for their support of GOP candidates.

  • May 04, 1998

    In 1952 Congress enacted a federal law establishing an annual National Day of Prayer. In 1988, the law was amended to set the date as the first Thursday of each May. The observance, originally intended as a unifying event for the nation, has taken on a decidedly sectarian character in recent years.

    Some observers charge that the National Day of Prayer (NDP) has been effectively taken over by Religious Right groups and is being used to oppose church-state separation and promote a narrow political agenda. This year's event, on Thursday, May 7, seems to follow that pattern.

    Americans United's View

  • May 03, 1998

    James Dobson, president of the multi-million dollar Focus on the Family empire, seeks to create a fundamentalist theocracy in America through his radical ultra-conservative agenda, according to a new report released by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.