• Feb 27, 1998

    Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook's so-called "Religious Freedom Amendment" is set to begin moving in Congress next week.

    Sources on Capitol Hill say the controversial measure is scheduled for action in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 3. The proposal would then go to the floor for a vote by the full House of Representatives soon afterward.

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State charges that the Istook Amendment would devastate First Amendment religious liberty protections.

  • Feb 18, 1998

    Washington, D.C. - The Christian Coalition's new plan to draft churches into its political machine could place the tax-exempt status of thousands of houses of worship in jeopardy, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned.

    Coalition leaders announced recently that the group wants to recruit 100,000 "church liaisons" by November 2000 as part of an effort to bring conservative churches into the political arena.

    "TV preacher Pat Robertson is clearly desperate to get his Christian Coalition political machine back on track and he's turning to churches to do it," said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. "This is a deplorable misuse of houses of worship for partisan political ends."

  • Jan 29, 1998

    Washington, D.C. -- Americans United for Separation of Church and State has issued a new report detailing the Rutherford Institute's history of attacks against President Bill Clinton and the First Lady, debunking claims by the Institute's founder that he is not hostile to the president.

  • Jan 09, 1998

    Washington, D.C. -- The Christian Coalition's reported interest in giving up its current tax-exempt status and starting a political action committee shows that legal pressures from government agencies and watchdog groups are finally taking their toll.

    That's the view of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a national church-state watchdog organization that has exposed the partisan political activities of the Coalition since TV preacher Pat Robertson founded it in 1989.

  • Nov 05, 1997

    A state court judge in Alabama has provoked a constitutional showdown by attempting to block enforcement of a federal court order barring officially sanctioned prayer and other religious activities in public schools.

    Gadsden Circuit Judge Roy S. Moore issued a temporary restraining order Nov. 4 blocking enforcement of U.S. District Judge Ira DeMent's ruling against religious practices in Alabama public schools. Moore ordered the Etowah County Board of Education and the Alabama State Board of Education not to enforce DeMent's ruling within Moore's Etowah County jurisdiction.