• Sep 17, 1997

    Washington, D.C. -- In a speech that raises serious legal questions, Christian Coalition Chairman Pat Robertson told a closed-door session of the group's state leaders his plan to control the Republican presidential nomination in 2000.

    Speaking at a Sept. 13 breakfast for state leaders at the Coalition's "Road to Victory" Conference in Atlanta, Robertson said he will recommend a candidate in private correspondence and urge Coalition leaders to unite behind the candidate.

    The Virginia Beach religious broadcaster also outlined a precinct-based political strategy for electing federal, state and local officials and compared the Christian Coalition to the notorious Tammany Hall political machine.

  • Jul 13, 1997

    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.

    The Young v. County of Charleston lawsuit charges that "the use of religious symbols to adorn Council chambers has as its primary purpose and effect the advancing of religion, and symbolically links the County, the laws of the United States and of the State of South Carolina with religion."

  • Jul 11, 1997

    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.

  • Jul 01, 1997

    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.

    "If Falwell and his clergy allies want to play hardball politicsin Virginia," said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn,in a press statement, "they ought to form a political action committee.Otherwise, they are jeopardizing their own churches' tax-exempt statusand the status of other churches whose pastors may follow their bad advice."