According to media sources, President George W. Bush appears ready to nominate J. Robert Brame III to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), despite Brame's long-standing leadership of religious-political extremist groups on the farthest fringes of the Religious Right. Read more
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
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
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.
Churches in Virginia should be wary of distributing campaign "voter guides" from Religious Right groups such as the Christian Coalition and American Renewal in order to avoid legal difficulties, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
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
Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) has announced that he will reintroduce a constitutional amendment to allow government-sponsored religion in public schools and other public buildings.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State described the proposal as a "constitutional nightmare." Read more
Voter guides prepared by TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition for the Nov. 6 Virginia elections are skewed toward Republican candidates and are therefore inappropriate for church distribution, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
The horrific terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11 have led to an increase in what many scholars call "civil religion"-- endorsements (usually fairly generic) of God and faith by political leaders and government officials. It is important to remember that our civil liberties are at great risk in times of crisis, and that we should therefore be more, rather than less, vigilant about protecting them from erosion in the coming weeks and months.
During these challenging times, Americans United would like to stress the following points: Read more