Bush Faith-based Effort Gives Official Blessing To Religious Discrimination

President Circumvents Congress, Allows Tax Dollars To Go To Religious Groups That Discriminate

Today President George W. Bush is scheduled to announce sweeping policy directives that require federal agencies to award funds and government contracts to churches and other religious groups, even if they discriminate in hiring with the money.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which has spearheaded the opposition to Bush's "faith-based" initiative, denounced the move. Read more

Federal Court Strikes Down Ten Commandments Display At Alabama Supreme Court

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's Religious Crusade Dealt Legal Setback

A federal court in Alabama today struck down display of a Ten Commandments monument at the state supreme court building in Montgomery, declaring that the religious sculpture violates the First Amendment's church-state separation provisions.
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Pennsylvania Congressman Drops Out Of Religious Extremist Conference After Au Protest

Rep. Pitts, House GOP Liaison To Religious Right, Tells Reporters He 'Doesn't Believe In Stoning Anybody'

Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pa.), who had been scheduled to speak this weekend to a radical fundamentalist group that seeks to impose "biblical law" on the nation, announced yesterday that he has cancelled his appearance.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State wrote to Pitts on Tuesday, urging the congressman to withdraw from the event to avoid lending credibility to a group that "advocates extreme policies that run counter to our Constitution and the American way of life."
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Americans United Urges Pennsylvania Congressman To Drop Out Of Religious Extremist Conference

House GOP Liaison To Religious Right Scheduled To Share Podium With Speakers Who Favor Executing Juvenile Delinquents, Gays And Abortion Providers

Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pa.) should drop his plans to speak this weekend before a radical fundamentalist group that seeks to impose "biblical law" on the nation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Pitts, who serves as the House Republican leadership's liaison to religious conservatives, is scheduled to speak at a conference of the National Reform Association in Ephrata, Pa. Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn sent Pitts a letter yesterday asking him to bow out.
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Religious Right's Political Power May Grow As Result Of 2002 Elections, Says Americans United

Because Movement's Favored Candidates Fared Well On Election Day, Religious Right Will Want Political Payback, Says AU's Lynn

Candidates supported by the Religious Right won a significant number of congressional and gubernatorial races in 2002, and those victories are likely to translate into increased political power for the fundamentalist Christian movement, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said the Religious Right will be looking for political payback for its work on behalf of Republican candidates nationwide. Read more

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