Statement Of Au's Barry Lynn On Mccain Speech Blasting Robertson And Falwell

"Republican presidential candidate John McCain's blistering comments on Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell mark a major development in American politics. This is the first time that a viable Republican presidential candidate has insisted that Robertson and Falwell should be excommunicated from the party. In particular, Robertson has clearly gone from being an asset to George W. Bush to being an albatross.

"It is a great benefit for American politics when persons of stature stand up to the extremist views of Robertson and Falwell, and all the demagoguery and bigotry they represent."

The Rev. Barry Lynn is executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a religious liberty watchdog group and the leading monitor and critic of the Religious Right. Founded in 1947, the organization represents 60,000 members and is based in Washington, D.C.

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.