Barry W. Lynn / All Posts

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn is the Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Religious Right Research

Today, the Wall of Separation welcomes a guest post from AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. The following blog was originally posted at, where the Rev. Lynn debates leading Religious Right attorney, Jay Sekulow.

Jay, I want to get back to the very serious issue of the debate over health care in a few days, but I want […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

Note: This opinion column by Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, ran in the Vacaville (Calif.) Reporter on Dec. 12, under the title “Let’s End This War on Christmas.”

Christmas is supposed to be a season of peace, love and goodwill. I have to wonder, then, why some conservative religious groups persist in using this time of year […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism

Evolution finally got the respect it deserves in Florida yesterday. The State Board of Education voted to approve new science standards that explicitly mention the word “evolution” (gasp!) and make clear that it is the “fundamental concept underlying all of biology” (gasp again!)

Revisions to the standards commenced after a 2005 report by the Thomas B. Fordham […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Americans United has been critical of a program being offered to PBS stations called “Wall of Separation.”

We became suspicious about the production because the film’s director and writer, Brian Godawa, is a militant theocrat with close ties to Christian Reconstructionism, the most extreme faction of the Religious Right. He and his allies believe that Christians of his stripe should […] Read More

Church Politicking

Some people are questioning why Americans United has not asked the Internal Revenue Service to look into the appearance of Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) at the United Church of Christ (UCC) gathering in Hartford, Conn., over the weekend.

As I noted in a previous post, Americans United does not operate in knee-jerk fashion. Complaints to the IRS […] Read More

Inside AU

Recently, two critics attacked Americans United and accused our organization of hypocrisy. This is a serious charge. Both critics deserve an answer.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council issued an e-mail bulletin yesterday accusing me of “cherry-picking” when it comes to the issue of church intervention in partisan politics.

Perkins was upset because Americans United recently reported the Roman […] Read More

Christian Reconstructionists, Religious Right Research

Recently I wrote about PBS’s decision to carry a Religious Right pseudo-documentary attacking the concept of church-state separation.

PBS’s ombudsman, Michael Getler, devoted a column to the controversy on June 15.

There is good news and bad news. Getler admits that the show, “The Wall of Separation,” is clearly slanted toward opponents of the church-state wall.

The bad […] Read More

Christian Reconstructionists, Religious Right Research

I like PBS. I really do. So I’m deeply troubled about a church-state program being rolled out on the network this month.

“The Wall of Separation” is a production of Boulevard Pictures, a California outfit that describes itself as “a motion picture production company committed to bringing moviegoers high-quality stories from the world’s most innovative filmmakers—films that bring hope, […] Read More

Judicial Nominations, Religious Symbols on Public Property

The Supreme Court heard back-to-back arguments in two cases dealing with government display of the Ten Commandments this morning, and interest from the national media has been high. Americans United has been in the thick of it.

I wanted to take a few moments to share with you some thoughts about what the day has been like. […] Read More

Inside AU

Almost every day it seems that the Religious Right finds a new way to chip away at the wall of separation between church and state. But Americans United is fighting back on many fronts. In the last month alone, I have testified before Congress, debated Religious Right leaders on television and sat in on arguments at the Supreme Court in […] Read More