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Calif. City Residents Oppose Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

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. Read more

Bad Breakfast: AU Tells Ky. Officials To Stop Promoting Religious Event

Government officials can and do sponsor and promote various public events. Job fairs, educational seminars and town hall meetings are just a few examples. When these events occur, government officials often go out of their way to make sure people know about them and urge them to attend.

Can they do the same with a prayer breakfast? Read more

Humble, TX

AU learned that the superintendent of a Texas school district participated in a National Day of Prayer breakfast in his official capacity, and that he had invited a choir and color guard from two of the schools in his district to participate in the same event. We wrote to the district and explained that both the participation of the superintendent in his official capacity and the coercion of students to participate in a religious event violate the Constitution. Read more