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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1997 | From staff and wire reports
A South Carolina judge has ruled that the posting of the Ten Commandments by the Charleston County Council violates the U.S. Constitution and must come down. "Government may not affiliate itself with religious symbols or doctrines in a manner that suggests an endorsement of a particular religious faith," Circuit Court Judge R. Markley Dennis Jr. said in an opinion released this week. "Though religion may be acknowledged and accommodated by the state, it may not be promoted."
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August 24, 1991 | Times Wire Services
Five national organizations have urged a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling that distribution of Gideon Bibles in a public school does not violate the Constitution. U.S. District Judge Allen Sharp ruled in May that the Bibles could be distributed to fifth-grade public school students in Rensselaer, Ind., because the school district allows several outside organizations to give out literature in the school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2006 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to have the federal government acquire the land beneath a controversial cross in San Diego in an effort to circumvent a court order that the concrete structure be removed. After a 17-year legal battle, a federal judge in May ruled that the cross, which perches above Interstate 5 on city-owned land, must come down this month because it is a religious symbol and violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
NEWS
April 15, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit to stop public schools, military bases and other publicly funded organizations from allowing Boy Scout meetings as long as the scouts insist on a religious oath. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of five taxpayers, names as defendants the Chicago Public Schools and the United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois.
NEWS
June 30, 1988
Wrapping up its 1987-1988 term, the Supreme Court also issued the following rulings: - The Constitution may prohibit executing murderers who were younger than 16 when they committed their crimes. - The separation of church and state does not bar a law, backed by the Reagan Administration, that grants money to charitable and religious groups for programs to promote chastity among teen-agers.
NEWS
November 19, 1992 | From Times staff and wire reports
School officials have told four teachers who serve as advisers to religious clubs at Royal High School to discontinue their practice of leading the student groups in prayer at noontime meetings. On the advice of the school district's attorneys, Principal David Jackson recently informed the teachers that leading the groups in prayer is unconstitutional. Jackson said several U.S. Supreme Court rulings forbid teachers to lead such activities because teachers are representatives of the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1991 | From United Press International
A Jewish organization and the city of Beverly Hills have come to a tentative agreement in a dispute over the display of a Hanukkah menorah in a municipal park, attorneys in the case said Friday. The agreement would settle a lawsuit filed in Demember by the American Jewish Congress, which said the religious symbol in the city park violated the constitutional separation of church and state.
NEWS
December 13, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal appeals court ruled that the display of a 16-foot menorah in a Burlington, Vt., park is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of church and state. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a lower court's decision allowing the city to issue a permit to a Jewish group to erect the menorah in a park next to City Hall. The appeals judges based their decision on a U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1998 | Religion News Service
A church-state watchdog group has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate eight churches that allegedly violated their tax-exempt status by distributing Christian Coalition voter guides the Sunday before the November elections. The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the "partisan" guides were "deliberately designed" to help elect conservative Republican candidates.
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