Roberts' Record Shows Lifelong Crusade Against Church-state Separation, Says Americans United Report

Watchdog Group Says High Court Nominee's Radical Views Would Jeopardize Religious Liberty Rights, Especially For Minorities

Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts has consistently sought to roll back constitutional safeguards protecting religious liberty, according to a report issued today (PDF) by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The 19-page report, “Religious Minorities At Risk,” concludes that Roberts throughout his legal and political career has opposed Supreme Court decisions upholding church-state separation and ensuring freedom of conscience for all Americans.

Tv Preacher's Call For Murder Of Venezuelan Leader Is Chilling, Says Americans United

AU's Lynn Blasts Robertson's Latest Extreme Commentary

TV preacher Pat Robertson’s call for the killing of a foreign leader is chilling, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

During his “700 Club” broadcast Aug. 22, Robertson lit into President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela as an American enemy that needed to be done away with.

Paper Trail On Court Nominee Roberts Grows More Troubling, Says Americans United

AU's Lynn Says Roberts Would Reverse Long-Standing Church-State Precedent

More proof emerged today that Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts is no friend to the ideal of keeping government and religion separate, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a 1985 memo, Roberts railed against a U.S. Supreme Court decision that year that invalidated an Alabama moment-of-silence law, saying it “seems indefensible.”

He said he would support the Reagan administration if it were to back congressional legislation permitting “group silent prayer or reflection in the public schools.”

Americans United Warns Military Officials Not To Promote Graham Evangelistic Rally

Military Commanders Must Not Favor One Faith Over Others, Says AU's Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today warned U.S. military officials not to promote a Christian evangelistic rally for military personnel sponsored by Billy Graham's ministry.

Americans United took action after learning that Bob Dees, executive director of the Military Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International, had sent e-mails to installation commanders nationwide informing them of a Sept. 9-11 “Serving God and Country” seminar in Asheville, N.C.

Tv Preacher Prays For More Vacancies On U.s. Supreme Court

Robertson Seems To View God As 'Divine Hit Man,' Says Americans United's Lynn

TV preacher Pat Robertson is so eager to see the Supreme Court overturn decisions upholding civil liberties that he’s praying for God to create more vacancies on the high court.

Speaking on his nationally broadcast “700 Club” program Aug. 2, Robertson blasted the court for “egregious decisions that have taken us far away from the Constitution.” Among the rulings under fire from Robertson were Roe v. Wade, rulings on the “the so-called separation of church and state,” decisions protecting the civil rights of gay people and the ruling barring the death penalty for juveniles.

Bush Endorsement Of 'intelligent Design' In Public Schools Is Irresponsible, Says Americans United

AU's Lynn Criticizes President's Support For Teaching Religion In Science Class

President George W. Bush’s endorsement of teaching “intelligent design” in the public schools is irresponsible and undermines sound science education, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

During a White House interview with a group of reporters yesterday, Bush was asked whether “intelligent design,” the latest version of “creationism,” should be taught in public school science courses.

Bush told the reporters that he favors teaching intelligent design “so people can understand what the debate is about.”

Senate Should Reject Confirmation Of John G. Roberts To Supreme Court, Says Americans United

Watchdog Group Cites Nominee's Effort To Overturn Decades Of Church-State Safeguards

Bush administration nominee John G. Roberts is unsuited for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Senate should refuse to confirm him, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“John Roberts has long been a faithful soldier in the right wing’s war on the Bill of Rights,” said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “He does not support personal liberties and should not receive a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.”

'justice Sunday Ii' Another Attempt To Politicize America's Churches, Says Americans United

Group Urges Religious Leaders To Reject Family Research Council's Partisan Overture

The Family Research Council and other Religious Right groups have announced plans to hold "Justice Sunday II" Aug. 14 - an opportunity to bash the federal courts and drag more political issues into the pulpit.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State criticized the event and called for religious leaders to refrain from participating.

"Tony Perkins and the FRC need to take a tip from Hollywood," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Movie makers know that when the original stinks, there's no point to cranking out a sequel." 

Americans United Urges Okla. Officials To Shelve Planned Religious Display At Zoo

AU's Lynn Says Public Zoo Is No Forum For Religious Dogma

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged Tulsa, Okla.'s mayor and members of the city's park board to cancel a planned creationism exhibit at the city zoo.

In June, the Tulsa Park and Recreation Board, under pressure from a local Religious Right activist, voted to allow an exhibit at the Tulsa Zoo depicting a biblical account of God's creation of the world.

In a letter to Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune and members of the board, Americans United called for the cancellation of the planned religious display.