Top White House Political Strategist Speaks At Liberty U. Graduation

Falwell Is Using Tax-Exempt School To Give Bush A Back-Door Endorsement, Charges Americans United

TV preacher Jerry Falwell is using his tax-exempt religious empire to promote President George W. Bush's re-election campaign, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

On May 8, top Bush political adviser Karl Rove will be the featured speaker at graduation ceremonies at Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Supreme Court Refuses Vmi Prayer Case

Action Preserves Freedom Of Religion At Publicly Funded Institution, Says Americans United

Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed today's announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court that it will not hear a case dealing with school-sponsored prayers at Virginia Military Institute (VMI).

Irs Urged To Investigate Boston Church For Endorsing Kerry From Pulpit

Federal Tax Law Bars Partisan Politicking By Tax-Exempt Groups

The Internal Revenue Service should investigate a Boston church whose pastor endorsed Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry from the pulpit, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Several newspapers and wire services reported today that Kerry attended worship services at Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church April 4 and that the Rev. Gregory G. Groover issued an endorsement of him during the service.

Supreme Court Hears Argument In Pledge Of Allegiance Case

California Dispute Tests Nation's Commitment To Religious Freedom, Diversity, Says AU's Lynn

The U.S. Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in a case challenging public school sponsorship of the Pledge of Allegiance.

In Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, the justices will decide whether state-mandated classroom recitation of the Pledge, with its "one nation under God" phrase, violates the church-state separation provision of the U.S. Constitution. Michael Newdow, a California parent, says school promotion of a religious concept transgresses the First Amendment.

Supreme Court Set To Hear Arguments In Dispute Over Pledge Of Allegiance

Controversial Case Tests Role Of Religion In Public Schools, Says Americans United

The high-profile debate over the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools will have the attention of the nation's top court next week.

On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow. The lawsuit, brought by California parent Michael Newdow, argues that school-sponsored recitation of the Pledge violates the constitutional separation of church and state due to the religious phrase "under God."

Irs Urged To Investigate Austin Church For Holding Republican Fund-raiser

Watchdog Group Seeks Action From Federal Tax Agency Against Westover Hills Church Of Christ

The Internal Revenue Service should investigate an Austin church that allowed a Republican rally and fund-raiser in its sanctuary, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a formal complaint to the Internal Revenue Service today, Americans United asserted that the Westover Hills Church of Christ engaged in illegal partisan politicking by allowing Legacy PAC to hold a Feb. 5 "Call to Victory" event at the church. The meeting featured state Republican Party officials and GOP candidates, and during the event, the PAC collected money for Republican campaigns.

Americans United Urges Senate Panel Not To Fund Calif. Mission Churches

Proposed Federal Upkeep Of Church Buildings, Religious Icons Violates U.S. Constitution, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged a Senate panel to reject a plan to allocate $10 million in federal funds for mission churches in California.

Today's hearing focused on the California Missions Preservation Act (S. 1306), a measure that would earmark public funds for the repair and upkeep of 21 Roman Catholic mission churches and their associated religious artworks and artifacts.