Religious Right Group's Attack On Hindu Prayer In Congress 'reeks Of Religious Bigotry,' Says Au

Family Research Council Says Only Christianity Deserves Government Support

The Family Research Council's scurrilous attack on a Hindu priest's prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives "reeks of religious bigotry," said Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a watchdog group that monitors the Religious Right.

Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala, a Hindu priest with the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Parma, Ohio, made history on Sept. 14 by becoming the first Hindu religious leader to offer an invocation before a session of Congress.

'see You At The Pole' Prayer Events Are Legal If Schools Remain Neutral, Says Americans United

Parents Should Know That Observances Are Often Evangelistic, Not Ecumenical, Notes AU's Lynn

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.

New Study Claiming Success For Voucher Students In New York Questioned By Research Firm

A new study claiming that voucher students in New York City are outperforming their public school counterparts has been called into question.

Two weeks ago, voucher advocate Paul E. Peterson of Harvard University issued a study claiming that African American students taking part in a privately funded voucher program in New York did better academically than their public school peers.

Christian Action Network Attack On Hillary Clinton Is Sleazy Religious Right Stunt, Says Americans United

The Christian Action Network, a Religious Right group based in Forest, Va., today announced plans to place ads in the New York media suggesting that First Lady and New York Senate candidate Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today said the action is a typically sleazy move by the group and its president, Martin Mawyer, a former employee of the Rev. Jerry Falwell's now-defunct Moral Majority.

Church-state Watchdog Group Urges Lieberman To Curtail Religious Rhetoric Of Presidential Campaign

AU's Lynn Tells Connecticut Senator 'Enough Is Enough'

Americans United for Separation of Church and State wrote to Sen. Joseph Lieberman today, urging the vice presidential candidate to reduce his use of religious campaign rhetoric.

In recent days, Lieberman has actively been emphasizing his personal faith in campaign speeches throughout the Midwest. At a stop in Detroit, Lieberman told audiences, "As a people, we need to reaffirm our faith and renew the dedication of our nation and ourselves to God and God's purposes." He added that he believes the First Amendment "guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion."

Watchdog Group Files Complaint With IRS About Politicking By Georgia Church

Records Show Warner Robins Congregation Gave Donations To Legislative Candidate

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate reports that a Georgia church gave cash donations to a state legislative candidate in violation of federal tax law.

Americans United, a national church-state watchdog group, said financial disclosure forms filed with the Georgia state government by Rep. Pamela Bohannon say the First Assembly of God in Warner Robins, Ga., made a $1,000 donation to Bohannon in her 1998 campaign and a $1,000 donation to her current reelection effort.

Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Over Public Hospital Run By Religious Directives Of Catholic Bishops

Religious Control Over Florida Hospital Violates Separation Of Church And State, Federal Lawsuit Says

Four national advocacy organizations, along with four concerned community residents, filed a federal lawsuit today against the City of St. Petersburg, Bayfront Medical Center and BayCare Health System over the operation of a public hospital under religious doctrines.

The suit charges that direct and indirect support of the hospital with taxpayer funds violates the separation of church and state because the medical facility operates under the religious tenets of the Roman Catholic Church, an unconstitutional religious entanglement for the city-owned hospital.

Colorado's Largest School District Rejects 'in God We Trust' Posters For Area Schools

Unanimous Decision Draws Praise From Americans United

The Jefferson County Board of Education, representing Colorado's largest school district, voted unanimously last night to reject a proposal to display "In God We Trust" posters in the district's 145 schools. Americans United for Separation of Church and State commended the board for its support for church-state separation.

Americans United Statement On The Role Of Religion And Politics In The Presidential Campaign

AU's Lynn Urges Candidates To Reaffirm Church-State Separation

The appropriate role of religion in politics has emerged as a major point of discussion in the 2000 presidential campaign.

Earlier this week, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected as his running mate Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the first Jewish American chosen to run for national office. In Lieberman's first speech, the Connecticut senator, who is known for his personal religious devotion, began his address with a prayer and a quote from the biblical book of Chronicles.

Religious Right Opponents Of Evolution Lose Control Of Kansas Board Of Education

Americans United Says Voters' Rejection Of Creationism Has Important National Implications

The results of yesterday's Kansas School Board elections are a clear and stinging rebuke to the Religious Right, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"These results demonstrate that Americans want quality science, not religious fundamentalism masked as science, taught in public schools," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.

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