White House 'values Campaign' Part Of Crusade To Blur Church And State, Says Americans United

Bush 'Swore On The Bible To Uphold The Constitution, Not The Other Way Around,' Says AU's Lynn

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition to stop retaliating against several African-American employees who are suing the group on charges of racial bias.

In a ruling issued July 30, U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina found that the Coalition had retaliated against the employees who filed the lawsuit by slashing their hours in an effort to drive them off. Urbina ordered that the workers be returned to full-time hours. Read more

Publicly Funded Faith-based Agency Can Discriminate Against Gays, Says Federal Court

However, Tax Aid To Kentucky Baptist Youth Facility Remains Questionable, Judge Rules

Despite intense criticism from the religious, civil liberties, civil rights, educational and social service communities, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today in favor of the White House faith-based initiative.

President Bush's effort to fund religious groups with federal tax dollars was introduced in the House as the "Community Solutions Act" (H.R. 7) by Reps. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) and Tony Hall (D-Ohio). Read more

Americans United Denounces House Passage Of Dangerous Faith-based Initiative

Legislation Joins Church And State In 'Unholy Matrimony,' Says AU's Lynn

President George W. Bush's new "values campaign" is the latest evidence of an administration that is determined to merge religion and government, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

According to multiple media accounts, Bush is in the process of slowly implementing a broadly based agenda to promote conservative Christian religious principles through government policies. Read more

Disarray Among House Gop Over Job Discrimination Leads To Postponement Of Faith-based Initiative

AU's Lynn Says Bill Is 'Political Nightmare For The White House'

A federal judge in Kentucky has dismissed part of a lawsuit against a Baptist youth agency, ruling that the institution can discriminate against gays, but allowing questions about publicly funded religion to go forward.

In a decision likely to reignite national debate over public funding of faith-based social services, Judge Charles Simpson III said state and federal laws barring religious discrimination do not protect gay employees at religious agencies. Read more

Faith-based Initiative Headed For Floor Vote In U.S. House

AU's Lynn Asks Americans To Urge Representatives To Reject Misguided Scheme

Nearly four dozen religious, labor and public policy organizations have sent a joint letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging members to vote against the Community Solutions Act (H.R. 7), a bill advancing President George W. Bush's "faith-based initiative."

The 46 organizations assert that the bill "is an unnecessary proposal that would harm religious liberty, turn back the clock on civil rights and burden local government with lawsuits." Read more

Bush 'faith-based' Initiative Clears House Ways And Means Committee

Measure Is Deeply Flawed, Says AU's Lynn



Sources on Capitol Hill have indicated that President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative is headed to the floor in the House of Representatives, with a vote happening as early as Wednesday, July 18. Read more

Alleged White House Retreat On Employment Discrimination Is Just A 'shell Game,' Says Au's Lynn

Bush Faith-Based Plan Still Allows Discrimination With Public Funds

House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) told an audience yesterday that President George W. Bush's "faith-based initiative" represents "a great opportunity to bring God back into the public institutions of the country" and attacked church-state separation, asserting that it is not in the Constitution.

DeLay, the third ranking Republican in the House, appeared at an invitation-only luncheon gathering for congressional staff organized by TV preacher D. James Kennedy's Center for Christian Statesmanship. Read more