The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today that publicly funded voucher subsidies for private religious schools are constitutional. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, one of the groups that sponsored the lawsuit against the Wisconsin voucher program, criticized the decision as a defeat for individual freedom and vowed to appeal.
The controversial TV preacher says the city of Orlando is risking severe weather by flying rainbow flags from city light poles in observance of diversity and respect for gay people.
On the June 8 episode of Robertson's "700 Club," a news segment focused on the Orlando flag display and the attendance of thousands of gay men and lesbians at nearby Disney World the previous weekend.
Charging that the acceptance of homosexuality is "the last step in the decline of Gentile civilization," Robertson predicted dire consequences for both Orlando and the United States.
Washington, D.C. — The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, applauded today's House vote against U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook's so-called "Religious Freedom Amendment." The final vote in favor of the amendment was 224 to 203, a majority but still far short of the two-thirds vote needed to pass a constitutional amendment.
"The religious freedom of all Americans is secure today, thanks to the House vote," observed Lynn. "Our Constitution and our cherished freedom of conscience remain uncompromised by crass politics.
Washington, D.C. -- Republicans in Congress are saints and Democrats are sinners. At least, that's the case if you believe the 1998 Christian Coalition Congressional Scorecard.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State released a report today that found the Christian Coalition's new congressional ranking to be "overwhelmingly biased toward Republicans."
Americans United sent its findings to the Internal Revenue Service and asked the federal agency to reject the tax exemption of the Coalition, a group founded by TV preacher Pat Robertson.
Washington, D.C. -- In a press briefing today, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republican congressional leaders announced that they would seek to implement the agenda of the Religious Right.
In 1952 Congress enacted a federal law establishing an annual National Day of Prayer. In 1988, the law was amended to set the date as the first Thursday of each May. The observance, originally intended as a unifying event for the nation, has taken on a decidedly sectarian character in recent years.
Some observers charge that the National Day of Prayer (NDP) has been effectively taken over by Religious Right groups and is being used to oppose church-state separation and promote a narrow political agenda. This year's event, on Thursday, May 7, seems to follow that pattern.
James Dobson, president of the multi-million dollar Focus on the Family empire, seeks to create a fundamentalist theocracy in America through his radical ultra-conservative agenda, according to a new report released by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Washington, D.C. -- A private school voucher plan for the District of Columbia approved by the U.S. House of Representatives today violates the constitutional separation of church and state and is certain to face a court challenge if it becomes law, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Parents and taxpayers in a Pennsylvania public school district today filed a lawsuit challenging a local voucher program paying for tuition at religious and other private schools.
Washington, D.C. — A Senate resolution endorsing the display of the Ten Commandments at courthouses and other government buildings is grossly irresponsible and a violation of church-state separation, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sponsored a resolution encouraging the display of the Ten Commandments at government facilities, especially courthouses. The measure, offered as Amendment 2252 to the congressional budget bill, is tentatively scheduled for debate and a vote today.