Mar 20, 1998
Washington, D.C. -- The Internal Revenue Service crackdown on TV preacher Pat Robertson sends a strong warning to other tax-exempt religious groups that do politicking, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In an agreement just made public, the IRS has revoked the tax exemption of the Christian Broadcasting Network for the years 1986 and '87 and permanently revoked the exemption of three other now-defunct Robertson organizations. CBN was also required to make an undisclosed "significant payment" to the IRS, add outside persons to the board of directors and agree "not to engage in campaign activities."
Mar 09, 1998
A national church-state watchdog group has urged the South Carolina State School Board to reject Henry Jordan's proposal on posting the Ten Commandments in public schools, charging the plan would be a violation of the First Amendment. The effort is scheduled for consideration when the board meets in Columbia on Wednesday, March 11.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said that Jordan's plan to post the religious text raises serious constitutional concerns.
Mar 04, 1998
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today denounced the House Judiciary Committee's vote in favor of a so-called "Religious Freedom Amendment" that removes the separation of church and state from the Bill of Rights.
"This amendment is a disaster of titanic proportions," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "The Religious Right may have steered this constitutional garbage scow through the Judiciary Committee, but I'm confident there's an iceberg looming on the House floor."
Constitutional amendments require a two-thirds vote for passage. Lynn said he is optimistic that amendment supporters do not have the necessary votes in the House.
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."