North Carolina Pastor Who Endorsed Political Candidates Resigns Pulpit

Incident Underscores Dangers Of Immersing Houses Of Worship In Political Activity, Says Church-State Watchdog Group

A North Carolina pastor who drew national attention for partisan politicking in the pulpit resigned last night.

The incident, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State, illustrates the danger of mixing partisan political activity with churches.

 According to news accounts, Pastor Chan Chandler of the East Waynesville Baptist Church in Waynesville, N.C., resigned during a meeting Tuesday evening. Reportedly, some of Chandler's supporters left the church with him.

Americans United Urges Senate Judiciary Committee To Reject Appeals Court Nominee Pryor

AU's Lynn Says Former Alabama A.G. Holds Extreme Views On Separation Of Church And State

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote against the confirmation of former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to a federal appeals court seat.

"Time and again, William Pryor has expressed disdain for the First Amendment principle of church-state separation," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. "Pryor's battle against the church-state wall and other fundamental rights makes him a profoundly poor choice for an appointment to the federal appeals court bench.

Irs Should Investigate North Carolina Church That Expelled Democrats, Says Americans United

East Waynesville Baptist Church Immersed In Partisan Activity, Church-State Watchdog Group Charges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a North Carolina church whose pastor garnered national headlines after he expelled several Democrats from the congregation.

Recent actions by Pastor Chan Chandler of the East Waynesville Baptist Church in Waynesville, N.C., are merely indicative of a larger pattern of partisan political activity at the church, Americans United asserts.

Church Split In North Carolina Shows Dangers Of Partisan Politics In Pulpit, Says Americans United

Church Electioneering Bill In Congress Would Invite More Disputes Over Politics In Houses Of Worship, Says AU's Lynn

A bitter controversy over partisan politics at a North Carolina church shows the danger of electioneering in the pulpit, according to Americans United of Separation of Church and State.

According to news media reports, the Rev. Chan Chandler of East Waynesville Baptist Church in Haywood County told members that they must vote for President George W. Bush. Nine members who did not do so have since been told to leave the congregation. An additional 40 members have reportedly left in protest.

Americans United Plans Oklahoma City Event To 'let Freedom Ring' On National Day Of Prayer

Inclusive Event Celebrates Freedom Of Conscience, Welcomes All Faiths And Philosophical Traditions

For too long, the National Day of Prayer has been held captive by the Religious Right. This year, Americans United for Separation of Church and State is planning a rescue.

"Let Freedom Ring: A Celebration of Freedom of Conscience," an event sponsored by the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United, will be open to Americans of all faiths - as well as those who don't pray.

Air Force Responds To Americans United Complaint About Religious Intolerance At Academy

New Task Force Must End Promotion Of Evangelical Christianity At Military Institution, Says Watchdog Group

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today welcomed an announcement from Air Force officials that a new task force is being formed to investigate allegations of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

The announcement came just four days after Americans United sent Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Air Force officials a detailed report (PDF) listing examples of religious bias and preference toward evangelical Christianity at the Academy.

Americans United Praises Federal Court's Decision In 'faith-based' Prison Program

Religious Liberty Watchdog Says Government-Sponsored Prison Ministry Violates First Amendment

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today lauded a federal judge's ruling that its lawsuit against a faith-based prison ministry program may proceed to trial.

In 2003, Americans United brought suit in a U.S. District Court in Iowa, arguing that the Iowa Department of Corrections (IDOC) was violating the separation of church and state by promoting an evangelical Christian prison ministry program called InnerChange Freedom Initiative.

Americans United Report Details Instances Of Religious Favoritism At U.S. Air Force Academy

Watchdog Group Asks Rumsfeld, Air Force Officials, To Correct Problems

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other military officials to move quickly to stop acts of religious bias at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Recent news accounts have chronicled allegations that Academy staff have promoted evangelical Christianity and that cadets of other faiths have been the victims of religious bias.

Americans United Urges Senate Judiciary Committee To Reject Federal Appeals Court Nomination

AU's Lynn Says Nominee William Pryor Holds Extreme Views On Separation Of Church And State

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote down the nomination of former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to a federal appeals court seat.

"Time and again, William Pryor has expressed disdain for the First Amendment principle of church-state separation," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. "Pryor's battle against the church-state wall and other fundamental rights makes him a profoundly poor choice for an appointment to the federal appeals court bench.

Americans United Criticizes Judicial Nominee's Claim That America Is Engaged In A Religious War

Watchdog Group Calls On Senate To Oppose Confirmation Of Janice Rogers Brown

Federal court nominee Janice Rogers Brown's recent intemperate comments about religion and government are additional proof that she is unfit for the federal bench, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Addressing a church-sponsored service for judges and lawyers April 24 in Connecticut, Brown asserted that the nation is in midst of a "war" over religious values.

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