CHECK THE VOTING RECORD of Your State and Congressional Representative
Your Federal Representatives: You can find the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of your congressional representative at: http://www.house.gov/htbin/zipfind
In addition to speaking with your representative, you can get an idea of his or her attitudes about church-state separation by checking her or his votes on key bills: http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/a_three_sections_with_teasers/votes.htm
Legislation and Bills: At the federal level, the text of the bills can be found at: Thomas Legislative Information on the Web at: http://thomas.loc.gov/ . Voting records are an indicator of a representative's attitude about church-state separation. Another is sponsorship or co-sponsorship of bills. For example, in 1999, there were 60 co-sponsors for the misnamed, proposed "amendment [H. CON. RES 5] to the Constitution of the United States restoring religious freedom." It read in part,
||"The people retain the right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public property, including schools.
"The United States and the States shall not establish any official religion nor require any person to join in prayer or religious activity.'."
If this had been adopted by Congress, it would have been sent to the states for ratification, a big step toward gutting the First Amendment's protection of religious freedom. This bill in essentially the same form gained more co-sponsors in subsequent years that it was submitted to Congress: 2000-2001, [H. J. RES 66] 66 co-sponsors; 2001-2002, [H.J. RES 81] 88 co-sponsors; and in 2001-2003 [H. J. RES 46] 100 co-sponsors. Was your congressperson a co-sponsor? Check the list of co-sponsors at http://thomas.loc.gov/.
Another example of a bill intended to take away the freedom of religion protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is H. J Res: 2045: Ten Commandments Defense Act of 2003 (Introduced in House) "DISPLAY OF TEN COMMANDMENTS-
||"The power to display the Ten Commandments on or within property owned or administered by the several States or political subdivisions thereof is hereby declared to be among the powers reserved to the States respectively."
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Commandments directly conflict with the freedom of religion protected by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
State Legislatures: In many states there has been a wide variety of bills opposing gay marriage, defense of marriage acts, restrictions on a woman's right to choose, proposing prayer in public schools, proposing teaching creationism in public schools, etc., that have been intended to compromise church-state separation.
Evaluation of Bills & Voting Records: A number of Progressive Organizations evaluate the voting records of legislators and evaluate bills:
Americans for Democratic Action: http://www.adaction.org/2002voting.html
Senators' votes: http://www.adaction.org/Senate2001fullVR.pdf