'america For Jesus' Rally Pushes Religious Right Agenda, Says Americans United

Rally Organizers Want Government To Establish Fundamentalist 'Christian Nation,' Watchdog Groups Asserts

A collection of Religious Right groups is hosting an “America For Jesus Rally” in the nation’s capital today to advance a radical agenda and attack church-state separation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The rally, a project of Virginia pastor John Gimenez and far-right group called American Veterans in Domestic Defense, has been portrayed as merely an opportunity to pray for the nation.

Americans United Blasts Christian Coalition's Biased Voter Guides

Watchdog Group Advises Houses Of Worship That Partisan Flyers Could Jeopardize Tax Exemption

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged clergy to reject the Christian Coalition's biased "voter guides."

The Coalition, founded by TV preacher Pat Robertson, is asking churches to help distribute millions of voter guides in order to sway the outcome of this year's elections.

"The Coalition's driving mission is to elect favored politicians to public office," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. "Churches should throw the Coalition's voter guides in the trash.

'mayday For Marriage' Rally Promotes Partisan Agenda, Says Americans United

Rally Organizers Seek To 'Impose Religious Right Values On All Americans,' Charges AU's Lynn

A "Mayday for Marriage" rally in Washington, D.C., Oct. 15 is a partisan political event intended to advance the Religious Right agenda, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The rally, endorsed by an array of Religious Right organizations, is ostensibly intended to support a Federal Marriage Amendment. But comments by the Rev. Ken Hutcherson, a Washington State preacher who organized the rally, suggests a broader political agenda aimed at the November elections.

Miami Church Violated Federal Tax Law With Pro-kerry Rally, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Asks IRS To Investigate Partisan Activities At Florida Congregation

A Miami church that hosted a rally on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry Oct. 10 should be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United today asked the IRS to investigate the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, which hosted a Sunday service that became a rally featuring speeches by Kerry, former Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton and other prominent Democrats.

Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Federal Religious Freedom Law

Americans United Urges Court To Uphold Legislation

The Supreme Court should uphold a federal law that requires prisons to respect the religious freedom rights of inmates, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The high court announced today that it will hear a challenge to the 2000 law, known as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The measure requires prisons to accommodate prisoners' religious needs unless corrections officials can show a compelling reason not to, such as security concerns.

Supreme Court Should Use Commandments Cases To Affirm Church-state Separation, Says Americans United

Disputes Present Justices With Opportunity To Clarify Law, Watchdog Group Says

The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear two cases dealing with government display of the Ten Commandments.

The high court should use the cases to clarify the law and say unequivocally that the state has no business promoting religion, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"Religious symbols belong in houses of worship, not courthouses, city halls and public schools," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.

Americans United Hails Failure Of Marriage Amendment In House

Vote Was Scheduled To Give Election Ammo To Religious Right, Watchdog Group Says

A federal marriage amendment failed today in a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed the derailment of the so-called “Marriage Protection Amendment,” but criticized the House leadership for playing politics with the Constitution.

House Vote On Marriage Amendment Is Election-year Stunt, Charges Americans United

Sept. 30 Vote Is Intended To Give Election Ammo To Religious Right, Watchdog Group Says

Tomorrow's House of Representatives vote on a "Federal Marriage Amendment" (FMA) is an election-year ploy designed to help the Religious Right launch political attacks as the Nov. 2 election approaches, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"The Senate has already sidetracked this divisive and unwise amendment," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "The only reason for this vote is to give the Christian Coalition and similar groups another line item on their biased 'voter guides.'"

Americans United Urges Churches To Reject Biased Christian Coalition Voter Guides

Watchdog Group Warns Churches To Avoid Partisan Politicking That May Result In The Loss Of Tax Exemption

The Christian Coalition has a partisan political agenda and churches should refuse to distribute its biased "voter guides," according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Coalition is holding its "Road to Victory" Conference in Washington, D.C. Sept. 24-25, with sessions in the Dirksen Senate Office Building and a local hotel. The group, founded by TV preacher Pat Robertson, seeks to forge evangelical churches into a political machine to support favored candidates.

Americans United Condemns House Passage Of 'pledge Protection Act'

Measure Is Dramatic Assault On Individual Rights, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State deplores today's vote in the U.S. House in favor of a bill banning federal courts from hearing legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance.

This afternoon, the U.S. House voted 247-173 to approve the so-called "Pledge Protection Act." The measure, H.R. 2028, bans all federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, from considering constitutional challenges to the Pledge.

Americans United had urged lawmakers to defeat the bill, calling it "extreme and unwise."

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