Church Distribution Of Biased Voter Guides Could Cause Loss Of Tax Exemption, Experts Say

IRS Has 'Zero Tolerance' Policy On Partisan Politicking By Churches, 'Urgent Memorandum' Advises

Churches can lose their federal tax exemption if they distribute partisan voter guides, according to an "urgent memorandum" prepared by two of the nation's leading nonprofit tax law authorities.

In the memo and a supporting legal analysis released this week, Washington, D.C., attorneys Milton Cerny and Albert G. Lauber Jr. explain that churches and other religious ministries face serious penalties if found to be engaging in partisan political activity by the Internal Revenue Service.

Federal Court In Maine Rejects Religious School Tuition

Americans United Applauds Ruling Blocking TV Preacher Pat Robertson's Anti-Public School Crusade

A federal district court decision barring voucher-style aid to religious schools protects taxpayers and constitutional principles, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

S.C. Public Schools Should Reject Attorney General's 'Misleading' Opinion On Ten Commandments

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has urged education officials in South Carolina to ignore an attorney general's opinion saying that the Ten Commandments may be displayed in public schools.

In an Aug. 11 letter to the South Carolina State Board of Education, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn charged that Attorney General Charles M. Condon's analysis is "flawed and misleading."

IRS Should Investigate Kansas Anti-abortion Groups For Partisan Politicking

Tax-Exempt Groups Endorsed Candidates In Possible Violation Of Federal Law, Charges Americans United

The Internal Revenue Service should investigate two tax-exempt Kansas anti-abortion groups for partisan politicking, a national church-state watchdog group said today.

In a letter to the IRS, Americans United for Separation of Church and State charged that Kansans for Life and an affiliate organization, Kansans for Life, Kansas City Region, are endorsing candidates for public office in the August primary elections in Kansas.

Leading Church-State Scholars Refute Library Of Congress' Views On Thomas Jefferson

Library Paper Called 'Unbalanced' And 'Flawed'

Two dozen of the nation's leading church-state scholars have signed a joint letter to the Library of Congress refuting a paper the Library issued June 1 that was highly critical of Thomas Jefferson's views on religion and government.

In 1802, then-President Jefferson wrote the Danbury, Conn., Baptist Association a letter noting that the American people through the First Amendment had built "a wall of separation between church and state." The letter has been cited by the Supreme Court and other federal courts as an important statement of the Framers' constitutional intentions.

Hypocrisy Alert!

TV Preacher Pat Robertson Demands Defunding Of National Endowment For The Arts While Accepting NEA Grant Money

Although TV preacher Pat Robertson continues to demand the defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts, new evidence released today by a church-state watchdog group shows that Robertson has asked for and received NEA grant money.

Texas Preacher's Politicking Could Cause Church To Lose Its Tax Exemption

Censorship Crusader Urges Congregation To Vote 'Infidels' Off Wichita Falls City Council

A Texas preacher's threat to drive the "infidels" off the Wichita Falls City Council could bring Internal Revenue Service scrutiny and the loss of his congregation's federal tax-exempt status, a church-state watchdog group has charged.

Termination Of New York Teacher For Praying With Students Was Justified, Says Americans United

Recalcitrant Teacher Vowed To Break The Law Again

Education officials in New York City took the right step when they fired a public school teacher who prayed with students in class and defiantly said she would do it again, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The church-state watchdog group says Mildred Rosario violated the Constitution and the rights of parents and students by preaching her personal religious views to elementary schoolchildren, praying with them and laying on hands.

Aderholt's 'Ten Commandments Defense Act' Is Patently Unconstitutional

The so-called "Ten Commandments Defense Act" introduced today by U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) is so obviously unconstitutional that Congress should not waste time considering it, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"Rep. Aderholt apparently wants to turn courthouses and public schools into churches," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. "That would violate the Constitution and common sense. Politicians should stop meddling in religious matters.

TV Preacher Pat Robertson Expands On 'Gay Days' Comments

TV preacher Pat Robertson has expanded on his recent warning to Orlando, Fla., suggesting that fires in Florida are divine punishment.

On the June 8 edition of his "700 Club" show (released to the media by Americans United for Separation of Church and State), Robertson denounced Orlando and Disney World for welcoming gay tourists to the theme park during a privately sponsored "Gay Days" weekend. Robertson predicted dire consequences.

Noting that the city government allowed the display of rainbow flags on light poles, the TV preacher warned that acceptance of homosexuality could result in hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist bombs and "possibly a meteor."