House Judiciary Committee Approves Istook Religion Amendment

Amendment Is Disaster Of 'Titanic' Proportions, Says Americans United

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today denounced the House Judiciary Committee's vote in favor of a so-called "Religious Freedom Amendment" that removes the separation of church and state from the Bill of Rights.

"This amendment is a disaster of titanic proportions," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "The Religious Right may have steered this constitutional garbage scow through the Judiciary Committee, but I'm confident there's an iceberg looming on the House floor."

Istook Religion Amendment Set To Move In Congress

Measure Would Devastate Constitutional Protections For Religious Liberty, Church-State Watchdog Group Charges

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook's so-called "Religious Freedom Amendment" is set to begin moving in Congress next week.

Sources on Capitol Hill say the controversial measure is scheduled for action in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 3. The proposal would then go to the floor for a vote by the full House of Representatives soon afterward.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State charges that the Istook Amendment would devastate First Amendment religious liberty protections.

Christian Coalition's New Drive Could Endanger Churches' Tax-exempt Status, Charges Americans United

Evangelical Attorney Warns Against Biased Voter Guides

Washington, D.C. - The Christian Coalition's new plan to draft churches into its political machine could place the tax-exempt status of thousands of houses of worship in jeopardy, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned.

Coalition leaders announced recently that the group wants to recruit 100,000 "church liaisons" by November 2000 as part of an effort to bring conservative churches into the political arena.

Watchdog Group Issues Report Detailing Rutherford Institute's Record Of Attacks On President Clinton And First Lady

Group Founder's Claim That Institute Is Not Part Of Anti-Clinton Religious Right Is Spurious, Americans United Charges

Washington, D.C. -- Americans United for Separation of Church and State has issued a new report detailing the Rutherford Institute's history of attacks against President Bill Clinton and the First Lady, debunking claims by the Institute's founder that he is not hostile to the president.

Christian Coalition Reorganization Proposal Is Act Of Legal Desperation

IRS/FEC Pressure, Mounting Evidence Forces TV Preacher's Tax-Exempt Coalition To Admit It's A Political Machine

Washington, D.C. -- The Christian Coalition's reported interest in giving up its current tax-exempt status and starting a political action committee shows that legal pressures from government agencies and watchdog groups are finally taking their toll.

That's the view of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a national church-state watchdog organization that has exposed the partisan political activities of the Coalition since TV preacher Pat Robertson founded it in 1989.