TV preachers Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are using the tax-exempt legal divisions of their Religious Right empires to help support the interests of Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush during vote recounts in Florida. Read more
The results from Tuesday's election show a mixed performance by the Religious Right, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
An Americans United report on the election results shows that the Religious Right played a part in Republican candidate George W. Bush's vote total. However, given the narrow difference between Bush and Democratic candidate Al Gore, it will probably never be determined whether the movement played a definitive role. Read more
The decisive defeat of school voucher schemes on the ballot in California and Michigan should deliver a death blow to the school voucher movement, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
California's Proposition 38 and Michigan's Proposal 1 failed by margins of more than 2-1. The results are the latest in a long string of defeats at the ballot box for vouchers or other plans to use public funds for private education. Read more
The Virginia Supreme Court today ruled that Virginia state government may issue $55 million in bonds to finance new construction at TV preacher Pat Robertson's Regent University.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the group that brought the lawsuit, criticized the 5-2 ruling, calling it a blow to church-state separation. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate two churches for possible violations of the federal tax law's ban on church politicking.
Americans United asserted that the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., and the Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith in Detroit, Mich., engaged in partisan politicking during yesterday's church services by encouraging support for Democratic candidates. Read more
In recent days, a number of Religious Right groups, including Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition, the American Family Association (AFA) and Jerry Falwell's Liberty Alliance have levied attacks against Americans United for Separation of Church and State over AU's election-year project to provide educational information to religious leaders about the law on churches and politics. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today that the group has completed a mailing to 285,000 churches nationwide encouraging religious leaders not to distribute voter guides prepared by TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition.
AU's campaign is a first-of-its-kind national drive to educate church leaders about the dangers of distributing Coalition materials, which Americans United insists are slanted political propaganda. Read more
The Senate Republican leadership -- in a last minute, pre-election payoff to political supporters in the Religious Right -- is prepared to pass legislation granting special licensing rights to religious broadcasters.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) tried to force the "Noncommercial Broadcasting Freedom of Expression Act" (H.R. 4201) through the Senate last Friday, but failed. Congressional observers believe it could come to the Senate floor for a vote as early as this week as an amendment to a larger bill. Read more
Presidential candidate Al Gore's recent appeal for campaign support from pastors could get churches in legal trouble, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a letter to Gore today, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn noted that federal tax law bars churches from involvement in partisan politics and asked the candidate to clarify his views on the subject. Read more
The United States Supreme Court announced this morning that it will hear a New York case regarding a Christian evangelism group that was denied permission to use a public elementary school after classes. Read more