One of the organizations that have been leading the effort to separate church and state is Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Barry Lynn has been the executive director of the organization since 1992. Although an ordained minister, Lynn’s views are nearly more liberal than those of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.
Over the past 30 years, AUSCS has spent a fortune intimidating churches, schools and governments across the nation. They threaten to bring lawsuits against anyone who does not comply with their twisted views of church and government. Quite often, they misrepresent what the laws actually say in order to bully their target into submission for fear of being forced into an expensive lawsuit. Many such targeted institutions have actually been coerced into denying people of their constitutional rights out of fear of being sued.
There current actions are a prime example. Americans for Separation of Church and State has sent letters to 60,000 churches across the country, warning them about becoming involved in politics or endorsing any political party or candidate. They threaten them with the possible loss of their non-profit status. Part of the letter reads:
“If the IRS determines that your house of worship has engaged in unlawful intervention, it can revoke the institution’s tax-exempt status or levy significant fines on the house of worship or its leaders.”