Americans United Election-year Advisory Counters Falwell's Bad Advice To Churches

Watchdog Group Sends Tax Law Information To Southern Baptist Denominational Leaders

In a mailing to Southern Baptist denominational leaders today, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned that electioneering by churches could result in the loss of their tax exemptions.

Writing to state and national Baptist offices and clergy around the country, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn urged the religious leaders to recognize the boundaries of federal tax law governing political activity. In addition, Lynn enclosed an election-year advisory on churches and politics prepared by one of Washington's leading law firms.  

'pledge Protection Act' Should Be Defeated In U.s. House, Says Americans United

'Court-Stripping' Bill Is 'Extreme And Unwise,' Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged Congress to reject a "court-stripping" bill that blocks federal lawsuits involving the Pledge of Allegiance.

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote this week on the so-called "Pledge Protection Act." The bill, H.R. 2028, states that no federal court, including the Supreme Court, may hear lawsuits raising constitutional challenges to the Pledge.

Senate Panel Approves Funding For California Mission Churches

AU's Lynn Says Measure Runs Afoul Of First Amendment

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized a Senate committee for approving a bill that earmarks $10 million in federal funds for mission churches in California.

The Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources approved the California Missions Preservation Act (H.R. 1446), which would provide federal funds for the repair and upkeep of 21 Roman Catholic missions and their artworks and artifacts. Nineteen of the 21 missions are still owned by the Catholic Church.

House Panel Should Reject Misnamed 'pledge Protection Act,' Says Americans United

Measure Is An Assault On The Constitution And Rights Of Minority Religions

A bill that claims to protect the Pledge of Allegiance from legal challenges is actually an assault on the U.S. Constitution and a threat to the rights of members of minority religions, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives is due to take up the bill, the "Pledge Protection Act" (H.R. 2028) today. Sponsors say the measure is needed to protect the Pledge against lawsuits challenging the phrase "under God."

Americans United Blasts Backdoor Effort To Pass Church Politicking Bill

Measure Has Been Rejected By The House Already And Should Be Forgotten, Says AU's Lynn

Religious Right allies in Congress are quietly trying to alter the tax code to permit church-based electioneering in advance of November's elections to help right-wing candidates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State charged today.

At issue is a 50-year-old provision in federal tax law that bars non-profit groups, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.

Americans United Criticizes House Panel For Featuring 'commandments' Judge

Congress Is Wrong To Give Forum To Ex-Alabama Jurist's Outlandish Views, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized a House subcommittee for featuring testimony from ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in support of a radical "court-stripping" bill.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said Moore, who defied a federal court order last year to remove a massive Ten Commandments monument from public display at the state's Judicial Building, is unfit to provide testimony on a bill that would bar the federal courts from ruling in controversies involving government promotion of religion.

Irs Should Investigate Florida Church For Hosting Democratic Rally, Says Americans United

Aug. 29 Event Featuring DNC Chair McAuliffe, Other Democrats, May Have Violated Federal Tax Law, Watchdog Group Says

A Miami church that hosted a Democratic rally Aug. 29 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 New Birth Baptist Church, which hosted a rally featuring speeches by Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and former Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton.

Americans Oppose Partisan Politics At Houses Of Worship, Pew Poll Finds

Keep Electioneering Out Of The Sanctuary, Says AU's Lynn

A new nationwide poll reveals strong opposition to church involvement in partisan politics, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Despite aggressive efforts by some religious leaders and politicians to encourage greater political activity by houses of worship, a poll released today by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life shows that a solid majority of Americans are extremely wary of mixing organized religion with partisan politics.

Americans United Urges Defense Dept. To Fire Controversial General

Army Official Who Claimed U.S. Is Waging Christian Holy War Against Satan Should Be Removed from Office, Says AU's Lynn

The Defense Department would be wrong to exonerate an Army general who sparked international ire for describing the U.S. war on terrorism as a Christian battle against Satan, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Bush 'faith-based' Agenda Spreading In Federal Government, Report Finds

Initiative Ignores Constitutional Principles And Civil Rights Protections, Says Americans United

A new study of the "faith-based" initiative raises troubling questions about the Bush administration's disregard for constitutional and civil rights protections, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The report issued today by the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy lists the many executive actions President George W. Bush has taken to fund a wide range of religion-based social services. The sweeping changes in federal policy, the report indicates, have come without congressional authorization.