Justice Department Rejects Senators' Call For Probe Of Americans United For Separation Of Church And State

Organization Cleared Of Accusations Of 'Intimidating' Christian Voters

The U.S. Justice Department has rejected a demand by six Republican senators to investigate Americans United for Separation of Church and State for alleged intimidation and harassment of voters.

In a letter dated Feb. 4 that arrived at Americans United's Washington office yesterday, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John C. Keeney wrote that the complaint against Americans United was deemed not worthy of a criminal investigation and said the matter has been dropped.

Onslaught Of Ten Commandments Legislation Under Consideration In State Legislatures Nationwide

Americans United Decries 'Appalling' And Unconstitutional Trend

State legislatures nationwide are considering legislation intended to promote the posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools or other public buildings -- a dangerous trend criticized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"This misguided attempt to have government interfere with religion is nothing short of appalling," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Legislation like this is patently unconstitutional and a cynical effort on the part of some politicians to appear pious in an election year.

Americans United Urges Supreme Court To Reject School-sponsored Prayer At Football Games

Public school football games are no place for school-sponsored prayer, Americans United for Separation of Church and State said in a brief filed today with the United States Supreme Court.

Americans United and allied groups filed a "friend of the court" brief in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, a Texas case dealing with school-sanctioned, student-led pre-game prayers broadcast over a high school's public address system.

TV Preacher Kennedy Spreads Misinformation About Church And State, Says Americans United

Television preacher D. James Kennedy aired a nationwide television special Jan. 23, 2000, that attacked the separation of church and state. During the hour-long edition of his "Coral Ridge Hour," Kennedy maligned the concept of church-state separation numerous times, calling it, among other things, "one of the greatest deceptions of the 20th century."

Nyc Mayor's Religious Art Censorship Would Violate Church-state Separation, AU Says In Court Brief

New York City's censorship of a controversial religious art exhibit would violate the First Amendment's separation of church and state, according to a national watchdog group.

In September, the Brooklyn Museum of Art opened an exhibit featuring a painting of the Virgin Mary that included an element of elephant dung. The controversial piece was painted by Chris Ofili, a Catholic artist of Nigerian ancestry who has repeatedly denied accusations about being hostile toward religion.