The always controversial topic of religion and schools will again go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 28. The justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments in The Good News Club v. Milford Central School, the high court's sole church-state case this term. Read more
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 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
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
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
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
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
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