Virginia Supreme Court Allows Government Aid For TV Preacher Pat Robertson's Regent University

Ruling Permits Handout To Multi-Millionaire Religious Broadcaster

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

Clinton, Gore Church Appearances Spark IRS Complaint From Church-state Watchdog Group

Pulpit Politicking Prohibited Under Federal Tax Law, Says Americans United

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

Americans United Responds To Attacks By Christian Coalition, American Family Association And Jerry Falwell's Liberty Allinace

October 27, 2000

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 Announces Completion Of Mailing To Churches About Christian Coalition Voter Guides

Watchdog Group Succeeds In Distributing 285,000 Letters To Religious Leaders Nationwide

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

U.S. Senate Prepared To Approve 'religious Pork' For Religious Broadcasters

Will Congress Replace Bert And Ernie With Jerry Falwell And Pat Robertson?, Asks Americans United

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

Gore Appeal For Campaign Support From Churches Challenged By Watchdog Group

Churches Can't Support Candidates, Says Americans United

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

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Case About Religious Groups' Access To Public Schools

'schools Have Every Right To Protect Children From Outside Groups,' Says AU's Lynn

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

Florida Ruling For School Vouchers Is 'minor Skirmish In Ongoing Battle,' Says Americans United

A state appellate court decision upholding Florida's private school voucher program is only a minor setback in the legal battle over the issue, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee ruled Oct. 3 that vouchers do not violate a provision of the Florida Constitution that requires a "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high-quality system of free public schools." Read more

Supposedly Non-partisan Christian Coalition Rallies Religious Right Supporters For Bush, Republican Party

'if Sleazy Politicking Were An Olympic Event, Robertson Would Win A Gold Medal Every Time,' Says AU's Lynn

The Christian Coalition's "Road to Victory" Conference, which began today in Washington, D.C., is little more than a political rally for the Republican Party and George W. Bush, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said that the Coalition, led by TV preacher Pat Robertson, continues to claim the Religious Right group is non-partisan so it can rope churches into a political machine despite federal tax law prohibitions on church electioneering. Read more

Americans United Launches National Campaign To Warn Churches About Christian Coalition Voter Guides

Distribution Of Partisan Material In Church Could Result In Loss Of Tax-Exempt Status, Says Organization

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind national campaign to educate more than a quarter million churches about the dangers of distributing voter guides from TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition.

At a Washington, D.C., press conference, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn said the organization will mail letters next month to churches all over America urging them not to distribute Coalition guides. Read more