Bush Ally Pat Robertson Blasts President's 'faith-based' Initiative

TV Preacher Calls Funding Of Minority Faiths 'Appalling,' Says Plan Opens 'Pandora's Box'

TV preacher Pat Robertson, one of President George W. Bush's most reliable political allies, blasted the president's "faith-based" initiative yesterday, describing the administration's plan to provide public funding of minority religions as "appalling."

The public criticism, aired nationally on Robertson's "700 Club" television program, was startling to many considering Robertson's unwavering partisan support for the Bush administration. It also indicated the fragile coalition of groups supporting Bush's faith-based plan may already be showing signs of fraying. Read more

The Bush 'faith-based' Initiative

Why It's Wrong

President George W. Bush has launched a major national drive to give broad-based public funding to churches and other religious groups to provide social services. Read more

The Bush 'faith-based' Initiative

Why It's Wrong

President George W. Bush has launched a major national drive to give broad-based public funding to churches and other religious groups to provide social services. Read more

Kansas Restores Evolution To State Science Standards

Americans United Praises Board, Calls Decision A 'Great Day For Public Schools And Church-State Separation'

The Kansas Board of Education voted today to approve state science standards that include the concept of evolutionary biology, ending a two-year-old controversy that garnered international attention.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised the Kansas board. The national watchdog group contacted the board in 1999 and threatened possible legal action against the previous standards, which downplayed evolution at the behest of religious fundamentalists. Read more

Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Religious & Labor Groups Urge Bush To Reject Religious Discrimination In 'faith-based' Initia

White House Plan To Aid 'Faith-Based' Charities Sparks Growing Concern

President George W. Bush's plan to set up a massive federal aid program for "faith-based" charities is drawing increasing fire from religious, civil rights, civil liberties and labor groups.

In a Jan. 30 joint letter to Bush, 19 national organizations warned that the proposal raises "constitutional and policy concerns" and urged the president to forbid religious discrimination at faith-based agencies that accept federal funds. Read more

Bush Launches Unprecedented Assault On Church-state Separation, Says Watchdog Group

Giving Tax Dollars To Churches Violates Constitution And Will Lead To Lawsuits, Says Americans United

President George W. Bush today unveiled a major "faith-based" social service initiative, including a new White House office to promote government aid to churches, a move that has drawn criticism from advocates of church-state separation.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the national church-state watchdog group that is spearheading opposition to Bush's plan, said the scheme is a radical attack on the Constitution and will lead to litigation. Read more

Bush's 'faith-based' Social Service Plan Violates Constitution And Individual Rights, Says Watchdog Group

Bush Initiative Is A 'Radical Assault' On America's Tradition Of Church-State Separation, Charges Americans United

The White House announced today that President George W. Bush will unveil plans for a major "faith-based" social service initiative next week.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a national church-state watchdog group and a leading critic of the Bush proposal, described the new initiative as a misguided and dangerous approach to public policy. The scheme will reportedly include a new office in the White House to promote government aid to church-run social services. Read more

Bush School Voucher Plan 'poisons The Well Of Education Reform,' Says Americans United

Scheme Violates Court Rulings And Flies In The Face Of Public Opinion, AU's Barry Lynn Asserts

President George W. Bush's education plan contains divisive and unconstitutional elements that must not become federal law, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Bush today announced an education package that includes the controversial concept of tuition vouchers for religious and other private schools.

"The Bush voucher plan poisons the well of education reform," said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. "This is a curious first step for a man who assumed office saying he wanted to be 'a uniter and not a divider.' Read more

Bush Attempt To Perfume School Voucher 'skunk' Doomed To Fail, Says Americans United

Scheme Violates Court Rulings And Flies In The Face Of Public Opinion, AU's Barry Lynn Asserts

President George W. Bush's attempt to push a private school voucher plan through Congress by calling it something else will not fool the American people, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"You can call a skunk a housecat, but that won't make it smell any better," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "The American people are smart enough not to be fooled by semantic games and euphemisms." Read more

President Bush Announces Religious Agenda On Inauguration Day

Bush Presents Himself As 'Determined Foe Of Church-State Separation,' Says AU

George W. Bush, sworn in today as the nation's 43rd president, announced a religious agenda in his inaugural address, including an emphasis on using houses of worship for providing publicly financed social services.

Just moments after being sworn in as president, Bush used a speech laced with religious rhetoric to explain the role religion will play in his administration. Read more

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