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

Americans United Urges Senate To Reject Ashcroft Nomination For Attorney General

Bush Nominee's Views Are 'Outside The Mainstream,' Says AU's Barry Lynn

In written testimony submitted to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged senators to reject the nomination of John Ashcroft for attorney general.

"[W]e at Americans United have come to the conclusion that Senator Ashcroft's policy positions and legal opinions are so far outside the mainstream that it is doubtful he could enforce the very laws and rights that the attorney general must protect and uphold," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "We call on this committee to reject his confirmation." Read more

Ashcroft Speech At Bob Jones University Demonstrates Contempt For Constitutional Principles

Christian Nation Speech Should Disqualify Nominee, Says AU

Transcripts made available today of attorney general-nominee John Ashcroft's speech at Bob Jones University in 1999 demonstrates the former Senator's contempt for the nation's religious liberties, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In the speech, Ashcroft said that America has "no king but Jesus." Read more

Senate Should Reject Ashcroft Nomination As Attorney General, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group's Report Underscores Nominee's Extreme Church-State Views And Ties To The Religious Right

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate to reject the nomination of former Sen. John Ashcroft to be attorney general, arguing that his views are too far outside the mainstream.

"Ashcroft is an avowed opponent of the separation of church and state," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "He is likely to use his office to further a reckless mixing of religion and government. We call on the Senate to reject his nomination." Read more

'Tis The Season To Be Controversial?

Fights Over Government Holiday Displays Are Dividing Communities Nationwide, According To AU Report

Controversies surrounding government endorsement of religious displays are increasingly prevalent during this year's holiday season, dividing communities and raising contentious legal questions, according to a new report prepared by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more

AU Criticizes Bush Meeting With Black Clergy To Discuss Taxpayer Support For Religious Ministries

Effort Has The Trappings Of Political Bribery, Watchdog Group Asserts

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has criticized President-elect George W. Bush's upcoming meeting with black clergy to discuss taxpayer funding of "faith-based" social service programs, saying the meeting looks like an effort to bribe church leaders. Read more

Federal Court Of Appeals Rejects School Vouchers

Decision Is An 'Early Christmas Present For Public Schools And Constitutional Principles,' Says AU

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down Cleveland's private religious school voucher program, holding that tax aid to religious schools violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which helped bring the lawsuit challenging the program, described the decision as a monumental victory for religious freedom, public schools and church-state separation. Read more

Christian Coalition Joins Forces With Moon Front Group For Media Event At Supreme Court

Pat Robertson Statement At Moon Press Conference Came One Day After TV Preacher's Criticism Of Moon As 'Cult Leader'

Christian Coalition President Pat Robertson may think the Rev. Sun Myung Moon is a "cult leader," but he apparently doesn't mind joining forces with him to achieve common political goals. Read more

Americans United Advises Pennsylvania Board Of Education To Reject Creationist Science Standards

Standards Could Lead Local School Districts Into Lawsuits, Watchdog Group Warns

New science standards under consideration in Pennsylvania open the door to religious indoctrination in public schools and could lead to lawsuits, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has charged.

In a Dec. 4 letter to Pennsylvania Board of Education President James P. Gallagher, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn warned that the proposed standards "raise grave constitutional and public policy concerns." Added Lynn, "I'm writing today to urge you to revise these new standards to reflect sound constitutional law and appropriate science education." Read more