Archive for September, 2005

Religion in Public Schools

Last week, 14-year-old Shay Clark, a freshman at Ontario Christian High School in Ontario, Calif., was summarily kicked out of school, told to gather up her possessions and leave campus immediately. In tears, surrounded by her friends, she complied.

What did Clark do to merit such treatment? Her parents are gay.

“Your family does not meet the policies […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Chief Justice nominee John G. Roberts’ testimony yesterday during his confirmation hearings was not reassuring for Americans who are concerned about religious liberty rights.

Roberts said some things on the topic that buttress our organization’s concerns that he will likely seek to further erode the First Amendment principle of church-state separation.

Late in the afternoon, Sen. Dianne Feinstein […] Read More

Church Politicking, Religious School Vouchers

Is Elmer Gantry behind the drive to build a church-based political machine in Texas?

Late last week, several hundred ministers and their wives gathered at an Austin hotel where the political and religious rhetoric was as heated and overwrought as any given by Sinclair Lewis’s fictional Baptist minister.

The event, dubbed the “Pastors’ Policy Briefing,” […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Concern continues to grow about President George W. Bush’s nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice of the United States, with new legal and religious groups raising issues about the nominee’s record.

Some 28 national organizations, including Americans United for Separation of Church and State, have already announced their opposition to Roberts.

At a press conference […] Read More

Pat Robertson, Religious Right Research

Word is slowly getting out about the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) promotion of the Pat Robertson-owned charity Operation Blessing.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck, FEMA issued a list of relief organizations that were accepting donations to help the victims. Robertson critics were surprised to see Operation Blessing listed second. The list was duly reprinted in newspapers […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religious Right Research

Utah state officials, including the governor, have stood firm against Religious Right pressure to muddle public school science courses with instruction on so-called “intelligent design” (ID).

Late last week Utah’s State Board of Education voted unanimously to keep evolution in the biology curricula. The decision came despite mounting pressure from the Religious Right to include ID in […] Read More

Religious Right Research

Americans have been deeply moved by the plight of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and are responding with an outpouring of generosity. Millions of dollars have been donated to relief agencies.

To make donating easier, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains a list of relief agencies on its website. Many newspapers have reprinted it.

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Judicial Nominations, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Americans United today joined a coalition of 20 organizations that announced a grassroots campaign of opposition to Supreme Court nominee John Roberts Jr.

During a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, leaders of the groups joined forces to discuss their plans to defeat the Roberts nomination. Speaking on behalf of Americans United was Dr. […] Read More