Americans United is supporting the students, parents, employees and community members who are asking a federal appeals court to rule unconstitutional a California school board’s practice of opening public meetings with Christian prayers and proselytizing during those meetings.
A wrongful termination case filed by a gay former Catholic school teacher who says he was stripped of his job after he married his partner can proceed to trial in California.
Superior Court Judge Monica Bachner on Feb. 27 rejected arguments from St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora that there were no triable issues, and will allow the case to proceed.
A flap over a mayor’s prayer breakfast is stirring up controversy in the city of South Pasadena, Calif.
The event drew attention because of involvement by local officials – although city leaders insist they didn’t organize the breakfast. According to the South Pasadena Review, City Manager Sergio Gonzalez told residents at a public city council meeting that despite its name, the event was private in nature.
Officials in Los Angeles County, Calif., did their best to force a religious symbol onto the county seal – until a federal judge wrecked their plans.
Last week, a U.S. district court said the county seal cannot contain a Latin cross, a symbol that was narrowly approved by the county board of supervisors two years ago.
A private group has purchased the land beneath a large Latin cross in San Diego, a move that could spell the end of a decades-long legal battle.
The Mt. Soledad Memorial Association announced in July that it purchased a half-acre plot of land under the Mt. Soledad Cross from the U.S. Department of Defense for $1.4 million.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has moved to block a ballot measure that would legalize vigilante violence against the state’s LGBT community. Harris has asked a state court to grant her the authority to prevent the measure from becoming eligible for a public vote.
As attorney general, she is currently required to draft a title and summary for the measure – even though the initiative in question would authorize the execution of gay people.
Every now and then, while scanning the day’s news, I come across a headline that’s hard to believe.
Like this one: “California lawyer proposes ballot measure to execute gays.”
Someone’s idea of a joke, perhaps? Well, it’s not funny.
In Modesto, Calif., public school students are learning about religion in class – but it’s probably not what you think. The geography and world religion course, which is required for all high school students, is described as an objective overview of the world’s belief systems, and according to a recent article in the Modesto Bee, it succeeds in doing just that.