Attorney General John Ashcroft's appearance at a TV preacher's Washington gathering shows his continuing allegiance to the Religious Right and indifference to religious pluralism, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Read more
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
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
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
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
Arguments over controversial aspects of President Bush's faith-based initiative sent the House of Representatives into disarray today, leading to a startling delay in consideration of the contentious plan to fund religious groups with federal tax dollars. Read more
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
FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE HEADED FOR FLOOR VOTE IN U.S. HOUSE
AU'S LYNN ASKS AMERICANS TO URGE REPRESENTATIVES TO REJECT MISGUIDED SCHEME
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
A key component of President George W. Bush's "faith-based initiative" cleared the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday, and the plan is now headed for a vote in the full House, despite its serious church-state flaws. Read more
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