Controversial Labor Board Hopeful Withdraws Name From Consideration

J. Robert Brame Had Played Leadership Role With Far-Right Groups That Seek To Impose 'Biblical Law' In America

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to review a case dealing with prayer at public school graduation ceremonies in Duval County, Fla. By refusing to intervene, the justices left in place a lower court ruling upholding a plan that allows graduating seniors to choose a classmate to give a prayer or other "message" at the graduation ceremony.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the action in the Adler v. Duval County School Board case is disappointing. Read more

Pat Robertson Resigns From Christian Coalition

AU's Lynn Says Coalition 'Has Been A Sinking Ship For Several Years, And Now The Captain's Jumped Overboard'

Controversial attorney J. Robert Brame III has asked the White House to withdraw his name from consideration for a slot on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), sources familiar with the situation have reported.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which had publicized Brame's ties to two extremist organizations that promote "biblical law," welcomed the development. Read more

'Day Of Reconciliation' Worship Service In Congress Mixes Church And State, Says Americans United

U.S. Capitol Is Not Revival Tent,' Says AU's Lynn

A broad array of national groups has urged President George W. Bush to postpone action on the controversial "charitable choice" provision in his "faith-based initiative."

In a joint letter to Bush today, major national labor, education, religious, civil rights and civil liberties groups asked the president not to push for passage of the most divisive aspects of the "faith-based" package at a time when Americans are striving for national unity. Read more

Bush Prepared To Nominate 'Biblical Law' Activist J. Robert Brame To National Labor Relations Board

Brame Has Ties To Groups That Oppose Women's Rights, Reject Democracy And Believe Gays Should Be Executed

An official congressional worship service scheduled for the Capitol rotunda Dec. 4 is an inappropriate mixing of religion and government, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, said the Capitol event, which will be closed to the public and the news media, is being orchestrated by U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and his Religious Right allies to promote their fundamentalist version of Christianity. Read more

Congressional Resolution Promoting Government-sponsored School Prayer Is Divisive, Americans United Charges

House Gives Public Schools Bad Legal Advice, Says AU's Lynn

President George W. Bush today continued his efforts to rally support for his beleaguered "faith-based" initiative, giving a speech in which he urged Congress to pass a bill "before Christmas."

During a speech at the So Others Might Eat facility in Washington, D.C., Bush lauded an expected Senate bill that may emphasize tax credits for charitable giving. But he also praised the House version of the initiative, which includes several divisive features -- including a measure allowing federally funded employment discrimination. Read more

Bush Asks Senate Leaders To Move On Controversial 'faith-based' Bill, Says Charitable Donations Are Down

Americans United Urges President, Congress Not To Advance Legislation That Violates Constitution

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to support a resolution encouraging public schools to set aside prayer time for students.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the non-binding resolution, which passed 297-125, is unnecessary and recklessly encourages school officials to ignore constitutional law. Read more

Religious Groups' Political Intervention Fails In Virginia, New Jersey Elections

Voters Don't Respond To Religious Directives In Politics, Says Americans United's Lynn

President George W. Bush has written to Senate leaders, urging them to move forward on several provisions of his "faith-based" initiative this year.

In his Nov. 7 letter to Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Minority Leader Trent Lott, Bush said Americans have contributed generously to groups offering assistance related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but that other charities may suffer a drop-off in donations. As a result, Bush insisted that an "Armies of Compassion" bill should be passed before the end of this congressional session.

Rep. Istook To Reintroduce School Prayer Amendment To U.S. Constitution

Americans United Says Proposal Is Divisive, Would 'Grievously Damage Religious Liberty'

TEN COMMANDMENTS DISPLAY IN ALABAMA JUDICIAL BUILDING VIOLATES CONSTITUTION, SAY CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS IN LAWSUIT FILED IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT

Chief Justice Roy Moore's Religious Monument Sends A Message Of Religious Exclusion, Groups Charge

A Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building violates the Constitution, according to a lawsuit filed in federal district court today by two civil liberties groups. Read more

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