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."
Nov 04, 1998
American voters have soundly rejected the Religious Right's drive to dominate yesterday's elections, according to a survey of key races by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
"The Christian Coalition and other Religious Right groups poured millions of dollars into the election, but they have embarrassingly little to show for it from last night," said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. "Simply put, narrow moralizing by the Coalition doesn't resonate with moderate voters."
Nov 03, 1998
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the New Psalmist Baptist Church after the church hosted what appeared to be a Democratic Party rally during Sunday services.
Several news media reports, including stories in The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, explain that President Bill Clinton's speech at the Nov. 1 services represented a plea to boost Democratic voter turnout and an implicit endorsement of Maryland Governor Parris Glendening (D).