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Piety Or Prison No More: Atheist Jailed For Refusal To Enter Faith-Based Drug Rehab Program Receives Large Settlement

An atheist who once spent 100 days in prison because he refused to enter a religion-based rehab program has been awarded a sizable settlement for his unjust treatment.

Back in 2007, Californian Barry Hazle was busted for possession of methamphetamine and sentenced to one year in jail. Hazle was paroled, but to stay out of jail he had to enter a treatment program. That’s where Hazle, described in media reports as a lifelong atheist, ran into trouble.

Teaching Religion In Public Schools: One Calif. City Does It Right

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.

Dazed And Dogma’ed: Discredited Scientology-Linked Narconon Remains In Some Calif. Public Schools

It seems an anti-drug program rooted in the Church of Scientology never left California’s public schools even though it was supposedly removed nearly a decade ago.

A recent investigative report by Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle detailed the resilience of “Narconon,” a Scientology-founded program that church members claim can help people wrestling with substance abuse.

Firing Offense: Calif. Catholic School Instructor Axed For Same-Sex Wedding

For the past week or so, I’ve been receiving press releases from a public relations firm representing students and former students at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora, Calif. They are not happy.

It seems that Ken Bencomo, who taught English at the school for 17 years, was recently fired from the Catholic institution. These folks want him to get his job back.

The People Speak: Parents With Children In School Say No To Vouchers

For years, anti-public school interest groups that favor privatization schemes have smacked their lips and salivated as they’ve contemplated the demise of public education.

But a funny thing happened: The people who actually rely on public education – America’s parents – aren’t buying it.

Monumental Mistake: Calif. City’s Memorial Doesn’t Honor All Veterans

The municipal leaders of Lake Elsinore, Calif., decided they wanted to honor local veterans with a special monument in front of a local baseball stadium.

No problem there. The southern California city of about 51,000 people has produced its share of veterans, and giving them special recognition is a nice idea.

Unfortunately, the way the city chose to go about it was not so good. The original design was for a black granite marker depicting a soldier kneeling in front of a cross.

Yoga Lesson: Calif. Court Says School Did Not Violate Church-State Separation With Relaxation Program

Earlier this year, an attorney affiliated with a small Religious Right legal group called the National Center for Law and Policy filed a lawsuit in a California court on behalf of some parents in Encinitas who opposed a yoga program in the public schools.

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