Americans United Criticizes Bush Endorsement Of Marriage Amendment

Watchdog Group Says Proposed Constitutional Change Threatens Religious Liberty, Individual Rights

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized President George W. Bush for endorsing a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Bush asserted, "The union of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith....Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society."

Au Blasts Social Services Bill That Allows Religion-based Hiring Bias

House Approves 'Faith-Based' Funding Without Church-State Separation Safeguards

Acting under a veto threat from the White House, the U.S. House of Representatives today voted for provisions in a social services bill that allow religiously based job discrimination in publicly funded programs run by churches.

Several representatives offered three amendments to the Community Services Block Grants Act (H.R. 3030) that would have required "faith-based" agencies that receive federal dollars to abide by civil rights laws and to ensure that their programs are run in a secular manner. Those amendments were defeated, in votes generally following party lines.

Americans United Deplores Effort To Censor Evolution In Georgia Schools

State School Official Threatens Children's Education By Bowing To Fundamentalist Groups, Church-State Watchdog Charges

An effort by Georgia education officials to remove the word "evolution" from the state's public school science standards represents a cave-in to fundamentalist religious groups and will harm the education of young people in the state, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has charged.

Senate Panel Looks At California Church Funding Bill

Federal Aid To 'Historic Missions' Raises Constitutional Concerns

A Senate panel has scheduled a hearing next week on a bill that would provide $10 million in federal assistance to restore mission churches in California.

Americans United Criticizes Senate Passage Of D.c. School Voucher Proposal

Lynn Says Bush Administration Voucher Scheme Undermines Church-State Separation And Short-Changes Public Education

The Senate gave in to the Bush administration and right-wing lobbyists today when it approved a wide-ranging spending bill that included the nation's first federally funded school voucher program, said Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Watchdog Group Blasts House 'faith-based' Panel For Featuring 'ex-gay' Ministry Rep

Are Congress, Bush Administration Planning To Fund 'Conversion Therapy' For Gays Through 'Faith-Based' Initiative? Asks Americans United

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on a House of Representatives subcommittee to drop an anti-gay religious activist from a list of witnesses scheduled to testify during an upcoming field hearing in Colorado Springs on the "faith-based" initiative.

Bush State Of The Union Speech Promotes 'faith-based' Initiative

Religion Funding Plan Raises Constitutional Concerns, Says AU

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized President George W. Bush's renewed call for congressional passage of his "faith-based" initiative, saying Bush had distorted the scope and effect of the proposal.

During his State of the Union address Jan. 20, Bush insisted that government is discriminating against religious groups and vowed to put a stop to that.

Bush Pushes Faith-based 'miracles' In Speech At New Orleans Church

Scheme Gives Religious Groups Special Treatment, Including Right To Discriminate With Public Funds, Americans United Charges

President George Bush's "faith-based" initiative rolls back vital civil rights protections, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Bush touted the plan Jan. 15 in New Orleans during a visit to Union Bethel AME Church, a predominantly African-American congregation.