A federal court in California today issued an order temporarily blocking implementation of the Trump administration’s rules that allow employers and universities to cite religious or moral objections to restrict employees’ and students’ access to birth control. This is the second federal court to block the rules from going into effect.
Americans were horrified by the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. It’s still unclear what motivated Stephen Paddock to unleash such carnage, and that’s leading some people to engage in speculation.
Some ideas we can easily discount. TV preacher Pat Robertson, for example, has blamed the incident on a lack of respect for President Donald Trump, a thoughtless move that does little more than shift the blame away from the killer.
Officials in a central California city have voted against displaying the “In God We Trust” motto inside city council chambers.
Visalia Councilman Steve Nelsen proposed the display because he said he wanted to unify residents, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.
“I tried to bring a unifying comment,” he said. “‘In God We Trust’ is something that identifies us as Americans.”
Visalia Mayor Warren Gubler said no one from the public indicated support for displaying the motto; instead, many took to social media to oppose the display.
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.