Charleston County Council Display Of Ten Commandments Would Violate Church-state Separation

The Charleston (S.C.) County Council's plan to post the Ten Commandments in council chambers would violate church-state separation, say two civil liberties groups.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina filed suit today in the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the government-sponsored religious display.

Council members voted May 20 to endorse the posting, and said they would use a Ten Commandments plaque donated by a private group.

Watchdog Group Urges School Board To Reconsider Bible Courses In Lee County Public Schools

The Lee County School Board's proposed Bible-as-History courses open the door to legal challenges on constitutional grounds, a national church-state watchdog group charged today.

In a letter to Board Chairman Dr. Douglas Santini, Americans United for Separation of Church and State urged the school board to reconsider this effort when the curriculum comes up for approval on Tuesday, July 15.

Said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn in his letter to Santini, "U.S. public schools may teach about religion, but may not indoctrinate or favor one religious perspective over others.

IRS Should Investigate Falwell's Church-based Politickingin Virginia

The Lee County School Board's proposed Bible-as-History courses open the door to legal challenges on constitutional grounds, a national church-state watchdog group charged today.

In a July 2 letter to IRS officials, Americans United for Separationof Church and State charged that Falwell and clergy allies used the pulpitsof their tax-exempt churches to endorse Sen. Mark Earley. Falwell claimsthe church-based political crusade was the key factor that gave Earleythe GOP attorney general nomination in the June 10 Virginia primary.

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