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.
Oct 30, 1997
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has hailed a sweeping federal district court order barring school-sanctioned religious activities in Alabama public schools.
"All over the country, school boards are coming under increasing pressure by groups such as the Christian Coalition to implement religious worship in public schools," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "This ruling sends a timely reminder that America's public schools are for education, not indoctrination."
Oct 14, 1997
A national church-state watchdog group has urged Fresno Mayor James Patterson to reimburse the city's taxpayers, charging the mayor inappropriately arranged for the payment of $75,000 for a Promise Keepers rally.
Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said that Patterson's use of public funds to pay for the stadium rental for a Promise Keepers rally last June raises serious legal concerns. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the California State Constitution forbid the use of tax money to subsidize religion, he said.
Sep 30, 1997
Columbia, S.C. - Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called for the resignation of Dr. Henry Jordan, South Carolina school board member, after he once again criticized Muslims and their faith. The incident follows public outrage over his "screw the Buddhists and kill the Muslims" comments describing minority faiths just four months ago.
Sep 17, 1997
Washington, D.C. -- In a speech that raises serious legal questions, Christian Coalition Chairman Pat Robertson told a closed-door session of the group's state leaders his plan to control the Republican presidential nomination in 2000.
Speaking at a Sept. 13 breakfast for state leaders at the Coalition's "Road to Victory" Conference in Atlanta, Robertson said he will recommend a candidate in private correspondence and urge Coalition leaders to unite behind the candidate.
The Virginia Beach religious broadcaster also outlined a precinct-based political strategy for electing federal, state and local officials and compared the Christian Coalition to the notorious Tammany Hall political machine.