AU, Allied Groups Urge Supreme Court To Reject Voucher Aid To Religious Schools In Ohio

Don't Tax Americans To Support Religion, Says AU's Lynn

Religious intervention in statewide elections in New Jersey and Virginia failed yesterday, when voters rejected candidates supported by the Religious Right and the Roman Catholic hierarchy.

In Virginia, two Religious Right organizations produced "voter guides" on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Earley and other GOP nominees. TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition claimed it distributed over a million guides, while American Renewal (the political arm of the Family Research Council) claimed to have distributed almost a million guides as well. Read more

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Louisiana School Prayer Statute

Unanimous Decision Says 1999 Law Violates Church-State Separation

The U.S. Supreme Court should strike down a voucher plan that subsidizes religious schools in Cleveland because tax support for religion violates the First Amendment, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allied organizations argue in a legal brief filed today.

Americans United and the other organizations asserted that the voucher program provides unrestricted government aid to religious schools that are free to use the money for religious purposes. Read more

Supreme Court Skips Graduation Prayer Case

Florida Scheme Allows Students To Vote For Classmate To Give Prayer Or Other 'Message' At Graduation Ceremony

A Louisiana law requiring public schools to set aside time each day for spoken prayer by students and teachers violates the constitutional separation of church and state, a federal appeals court ruled today.

In a 3-0 ruling, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans held that the law violates the First Amendment of the Constitution. The decision is a victory for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, the two groups that brought the challenge to the law. Read more

Controversial Labor Board Hopeful Withdraws Name From Consideration

J. Robert Brame Had Played Leadership Role With Far-Right Groups That Seek To Impose 'Biblical Law' In America

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to review a case dealing with prayer at public school graduation ceremonies in Duval County, Fla. By refusing to intervene, the justices left in place a lower court ruling upholding a plan that allows graduating seniors to choose a classmate to give a prayer or other "message" at the graduation ceremony.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the action in the Adler v. Duval County School Board case is disappointing. Read more

Pat Robertson Resigns From Christian Coalition

AU's Lynn Says Coalition 'Has Been A Sinking Ship For Several Years, And Now The Captain's Jumped Overboard'

Controversial attorney J. Robert Brame III has asked the White House to withdraw his name from consideration for a slot on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), sources familiar with the situation have reported.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which had publicized Brame's ties to two extremist organizations that promote "biblical law," welcomed the development. Read more

'Day Of Reconciliation' Worship Service In Congress Mixes Church And State, Says Americans United

U.S. Capitol Is Not Revival Tent,' Says AU's Lynn

A broad array of national groups has urged President George W. Bush to postpone action on the controversial "charitable choice" provision in his "faith-based initiative."

In a joint letter to Bush today, major national labor, education, religious, civil rights and civil liberties groups asked the president not to push for passage of the most divisive aspects of the "faith-based" package at a time when Americans are striving for national unity. Read more

Bush Prepared To Nominate 'Biblical Law' Activist J. Robert Brame To National Labor Relations Board

Brame Has Ties To Groups That Oppose Women's Rights, Reject Democracy And Believe Gays Should Be Executed

An official congressional worship service scheduled for the Capitol rotunda Dec. 4 is an inappropriate mixing of religion and government, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, said the Capitol event, which will be closed to the public and the news media, is being orchestrated by U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and his Religious Right allies to promote their fundamentalist version of Christianity. Read more

President Touts Unconstitutional Approach To Troubled 'faith-based' Initiative In Speech

Bush On The Wrong Track, Charges Americans United

According to media sources, President George W. Bush appears ready to nominate J. Robert Brame III to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), despite Brame's long-standing leadership of religious-political extremist groups on the farthest fringes of the Religious Right. Read more

Congressional Resolution Promoting Government-sponsored School Prayer Is Divisive, Americans United Charges

House Gives Public Schools Bad Legal Advice, Says AU's Lynn

President George W. Bush today continued his efforts to rally support for his beleaguered "faith-based" initiative, giving a speech in which he urged Congress to pass a bill "before Christmas."

During a speech at the So Others Might Eat facility in Washington, D.C., Bush lauded an expected Senate bill that may emphasize tax credits for charitable giving. But he also praised the House version of the initiative, which includes several divisive features -- including a measure allowing federally funded employment discrimination. Read more

Bush Asks Senate Leaders To Move On Controversial 'faith-based' Bill, Says Charitable Donations Are Down

Americans United Urges President, Congress Not To Advance Legislation That Violates Constitution

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to support a resolution encouraging public schools to set aside prayer time for students.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the non-binding resolution, which passed 297-125, is unnecessary and recklessly encourages school officials to ignore constitutional law. Read more

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