Voluntary student prayer at "See You At The Pole" events is legal, so long as constitutional safeguards are respected, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. However, parents should be aware that the observances are frequently evangelistic, not ecumenical, the group noted. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today strongly criticized two prominent TV preachers' attempts to blame the recent terrorist attacks on groups that support church-state separation and civil liberties.
The Revs. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson asserted recently that organizations that support church-state separation and individual freedom are ultimately to blame for the horrific terrorist attack on the United States Sept. 11 because they have kicked God out of public life. Read more
The Bush administration has quietly assured conservative Christians that a voucher scheme and other loopholes in the "faith-based initiative" will allow religious groups to proselytize in publicly funded programs, an evangelical news magazine has reported. Read more
President George W. Bush's administration has engaged in secret negotiations with the Salvation Army over the controversial faith-based initiative, which will give the religious group broad discretion to discriminate against gays with public tax dollars. Read more
John DiIulio has announced that he will be stepping down as head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the controversial agency President George W. Bush created to direct greater public funding to religion.
In an interview with Cox Newspapers, DiIulio indicated that he was unhappy in Washington and grew frustrated by intense pressure from across the ideological spectrum. "We had every possible criticism from every possible side," he complained. "Left, right, all sides." He blasted the "nonsense" that he feels dominated Washington debates. Read more
Today's White House report on "barriers" faith-based groups face in obtaining federal grants is just the latest step in the Bush administration's drive to unconstitutionally fund religion with tax dollars, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has charged. Read more
As the Bush administration prepares to release a report on "barriers" faith-based groups face in obtaining federal grants, Americans United for Separation of Church and State warned that lifting of safeguards could have dire consequences.
The White House report, titled "Unlevel Playing Field: Barriers to Faith-Based and Community Organizations' Participation in Federal Social Service Programs," is scheduled for release tomorrow at the Brookings Institution. Read more
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's ongoing campaign to promote the Ten Commandments has led the judge to unveil a new religious monument in his court's building.
This week, Moore unveiled a four-foot-tall, granite display of the Commandments weighing over 5,000 pounds. The Decalogue is featured in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building, which houses the state Supreme Court in Montgomery. Read more
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