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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council voted 5 to 3 Tuesday to continue a 17-year legal fight to keep a 43-foot-tall Christian cross on Mt. Soledad. At the request of Mayor Jerry Sanders, the council voted to appeal a federal judge's order that the cross be removed by early August because it violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge Wednesday ordered the city to remove the landmark cross atop Mt. Soledad within 90 days, but Mayor Jerry Sanders said he will ask the City Council to appeal. U.S. District Court Judge Gordon Thompson ordered the 43-foot-tall cross removed because it violates a ban on religious symbols on public land. The city has fought a 17-year court battle against a San Diego atheist who objects to the cross.
NATIONAL
February 10, 2006 | From Associated Press
The Air Force released new guidelines for religious expression Thursday that no longer cautioned top officers about promoting their personal religious views. The revisions were welcomed by conservative Christians, who said the previous rules were too strict. Critics called the revisions a step backward. The original guidelines were created after allegations that Christians at the Air Force Academy were imposing their views on others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2006 | Ann Simmons, Times Staff Writer
In a second defeat in a month for proponents of teaching "intelligent design" in public schools, a rural school district in Kern County agreed Tuesday to stop a course that had included discussion of a religion-based alternative to evolution. As part of a court settlement, Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec will terminate the course one week earlier than planned, and the El Tejon Unified School District agreed never to offer such a course in its classrooms again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2005 | Patricia Ward Biederman, Times Staff Writer
All Saints Episcopal Church seems to embody staid, moneyed old Pasadena. Facing City Hall, the 80-year-old Gothic Revival church has glowing stained-glass windows by Tiffany and the local Judson Studios. But though the medieval-looking church exudes serenity and other-worldliness, the 3,500-member congregation has been speaking out on controversial issues since an All Saints rector protested the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
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October 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Air Force announced in Colorado Springs that the No. 3 commander at the Air Force Academy was being transferred, a month after being cleared of charges that he had used his position to proselytize non-Christian cadets. Brig. Gen. Johnny Weida, an avowed born-again Christian, has been the academy's commandant of cadets since April 2003. He will become director of capabilities integration and transformation at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2005 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Every morning, Arcadia High School seniors Catherine Yao, Lucy Li and a dozen of their schoolmates get up at 5 a.m. so they can be at school by 6 to pray before classes begin. Gathering in the center of the public school campus, they walk up three steps and form a circle. They pray -- some quietly, others aloud as the spirit moves them.
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August 11, 2005 | From Associated Press
An appeals court Wednesday upheld a Virginia law that requires public schools to lead a daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, rejecting a claim that its reference to God was an unconstitutional promotion of religion. A suit filed by Edward Myers of Sterling, Va., a father of three, raised the objection to the phrase "one nation under God." A three-judge panel of the U.S.
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July 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A rural county removed an inscription of the Ten Commandments from its courthouse, ending a two-year battle with civil libertarians over the constitutionality of the display. Removal of the 3-by-4-foot framed parchment display from a hallway in the Barrow County courthouse in Winder came weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such displays were legal only in limited circumstances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2005 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Supporters of restoring the cross that was removed from Los Angeles County's official government seal announced on Monday a third attempt to put the matter to a countywide vote. The issue sparked heated protests in September when the county Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to remove the gold cross that had adorned the seal since 1957 rather than defend it against a threatened lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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