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."
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.