Oct 28, 1998
TV preacher Pat Robertson today unleashed a vicious attack against Americans United for Separation of Church and State for opposing church participation in the Christian Coalition's voter guide program.
Robertson, who founded the Coalition and serves as its chairman, aimed his fire at a letter Americans United Executive Director Barry Lynn sent to pastors nationwide about the legality of the voter guides. Lynn, an attorney and United Church of Christ minister, told clergy that distribution of the biased Coalition guides could result in revocation of a church's tax-exempt status.
Oct 26, 1998
Religious groups that intervene in partisan political campaigns are risking their tax-exempt status, according to a national church-state watchdog group.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the United Baptist Missionary Convention, a Baltimore church group that promised to aid the reelection effort of Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) in return for taxpayer funding of various church-sponsored projects.
Oct 14, 1998
A Delaware County, Pa., judge ruled yesterday that the Southeast Delco School Board cannot create its own voucher plan. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, one of the groups that sponsored the lawsuit against the voucher program, applauded the decision as a victory for church-state separation, individual freedom and common sense.
"We now have yet another court ruling rejecting vouchers in this country," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "The Delco case was another in a long line of attempts to undermine public education and force taxpayers to finance religious education, whether they agree with the faith or not. The court rightly said no."
Sep 22, 1998
Churches can lose their federal tax exemption if they distribute partisan voter guides, according to an "urgent memorandum" prepared by two of the nation's leading nonprofit tax law authorities.
In the memo and a supporting legal analysis released this week, Washington, D.C., attorneys Milton Cerny and Albert G. Lauber Jr. explain that churches and other religious ministries face serious penalties if found to be engaging in partisan political activity by the Internal Revenue Service.
Aug 13, 1998
A federal district court decision barring voucher-style aid to religious schools protects taxpayers and constitutional principles, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
"This decision sends a strong message that taxpayers should never be forced to support private religious education," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, a watchdog group that provided legal assistance in the case. "The Maine case was one more attempt to tear down public education and introduce a voucher program subsidizing private religious schools. The court rightly said no."