Termination Of New York Teacher For Praying With Students Was Justified, Says Americans United

Recalcitrant Teacher Vowed To Break The Law Again

Education officials in New York City took the right step when they fired a public school teacher who prayed with students in class and defiantly said she would do it again, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The church-state watchdog group says Mildred Rosario violated the Constitution and the rights of parents and students by preaching her personal religious views to elementary schoolchildren, praying with them and laying on hands.

Aderholt's 'Ten Commandments Defense Act' Is Patently Unconstitutional

The so-called "Ten Commandments Defense Act" introduced today by U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) is so obviously unconstitutional that Congress should not waste time considering it, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"Rep. Aderholt apparently wants to turn courthouses and public schools into churches," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. "That would violate the Constitution and common sense. Politicians should stop meddling in religious matters.

TV Preacher Pat Robertson Expands On 'Gay Days' Comments

TV preacher Pat Robertson has expanded on his recent warning to Orlando, Fla., suggesting that fires in Florida are divine punishment.

On the June 8 edition of his "700 Club" show (released to the media by Americans United for Separation of Church and State), Robertson denounced Orlando and Disney World for welcoming gay tourists to the theme park during a privately sponsored "Gay Days" weekend. Robertson predicted dire consequences.

Noting that the city government allowed the display of rainbow flags on light poles, the TV preacher warned that acceptance of homosexuality could result in hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist bombs and "possibly a meteor."

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Religious School Voucher Plan Ruling Will Be Appealed

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today that publicly funded voucher subsidies for private religious schools are constitutional. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, one of the groups that sponsored the lawsuit against the Wisconsin voucher program, criticized the decision as a defeat for individual freedom and vowed to appeal.

Rainbow Flags May Bring Hurricane To Orlando -- And Maybe A Meteor, Warns TV Preacher Pat Robertson

Mickey Mouse had better hit the storm shelter, according to Pat Robertson.

The controversial TV preacher says the city of Orlando is risking severe weather by flying rainbow flags from city light poles in observance of diversity and respect for gay people.

On the June 8 episode of Robertson's "700 Club," a news segment focused on the Orlando flag display and the attendance of thousands of gay men and lesbians at nearby Disney World the previous weekend.

Charging that the acceptance of homosexuality is "the last step in the decline of Gentile civilization," Robertson predicted dire consequences for both Orlando and the United States.

AU Applauds House Vote Against The Istook Prayer Amendment

Religious Right Will Seek New Targets, Warns AU's Barry Lynn

Washington, D.C. — The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, applauded today's House vote against U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook's so-called "Religious Freedom Amendment." The final vote in favor of the amendment was 224 to 203, a majority but still far short of the two-thirds vote needed to pass a constitutional amendment.

"The religious freedom of all Americans is secure today, thanks to the House vote," observed Lynn. "Our Constitution and our cherished freedom of conscience remain uncompromised by crass politics.

Christian Coalition Congressional Scorecard Skewed Toward Republicans

Watchdog Group Urges IRS To Deny Robertson Group Tax-Exempt Status, Despite Pressure From GOP's Archer

Washington, D.C. -- Republicans in Congress are saints and Democrats are sinners. At least, that's the case if you believe the 1998 Christian Coalition Congressional Scorecard.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State released a report today that found the Christian Coalition's new congressional ranking to be "overwhelmingly biased toward Republicans."

Americans United sent its findings to the Internal Revenue Service and asked the federal agency to reject the tax exemption of the Coalition, a group founded by TV preacher Pat Robertson.

Gingrich, Republican Leadership, Agree To Act On Religious Right Agenda

GOP 'Deal With The Devil' Shows Disproportionate Power Of Fundamentalist Political Groups, Says AU

Washington, D.C. -- In a press briefing today, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republican congressional leaders announced that they would seek to implement the agenda of the Religious Right.

National Day Of Prayer: Confusing Church And State

Dobsons, Religious Right Use Prayer Day To Advance Religious Right Political Agenda

In 1952 Congress enacted a federal law establishing an annual National Day of Prayer. In 1988, the law was amended to set the date as the first Thursday of each May. The observance, originally intended as a unifying event for the nation, has taken on a decidedly sectarian character in recent years.

Some observers charge that the National Day of Prayer (NDP) has been effectively taken over by Religious Right groups and is being used to oppose church-state separation and promote a narrow political agenda. This year's event, on Thursday, May 7, seems to follow that pattern.

Dobson Seeks Fundamentalist Theocracy

Religious Broadcaster To Pressure Political Leaders In Washington, D.C. This Week

James Dobson, president of the multi-million dollar Focus on the Family empire, seeks to create a fundamentalist theocracy in America through his radical ultra-conservative agenda, according to a new report released by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.