• Jun 09, 1998

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today that publicly funded voucher subsidies for private religious schools are constitutional. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, one of the groups that sponsored the lawsuit against the Wisconsin voucher program, criticized the decision as a defeat for individual freedom and vowed to appeal.

  • Jun 08, 1998

    The controversial TV preacher says the city of Orlando is risking severe weather by flying rainbow flags from city light poles in observance of diversity and respect for gay people.

    On the June 8 episode of Robertson's "700 Club," a news segment focused on the Orlando flag display and the attendance of thousands of gay men and lesbians at nearby Disney World the previous weekend.

    Charging that the acceptance of homosexuality is "the last step in the decline of Gentile civilization," Robertson predicted dire consequences for both Orlando and the United States.

  • 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.