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June 8, 2005 | From Reuters
Florida's highest court heard a challenge to Gov. Jeb Bush's school voucher plan Tuesday in a battle watched nationwide over whether taxpayer money could be funneled to private and parochial schools. The arguments before the Florida Supreme Court involved a six-year legal fight between Bush and critics of a program that provided tax-funded vouchers to students at public schools that failed repeatedly to meet performance standards, the first such statewide program in the United States.
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June 5, 2005 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Advocates of the separation of church and state are protesting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's plans to hold a bill-signing ceremony on the grounds of a conservative evangelical church. One bill restricts abortion; a second calls for a ban on same-sex marriage. The event is scheduled for today at a Christian school run by Calvary Cathedral International, one of the largest churches in Fort Worth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
For the third time in 13 years, residents will be given a chance to vote on the future of a war memorial cross atop Mt. Soledad. After an emotional six-hour hearing in which veterans pleaded with the City Council to save the cross, the council voted 6 to 3 Tuesday night to put the issue on the July 26 ballot, when voters will select a replacement for Mayor Dick Murphy. Voters will be asked whether the cross property should be deeded to the U.S.
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May 11, 2005 | From Associated Press
A Baptist preacher accused of running out nine congregants who refused to support President Bush resigned Tuesday. "I am resigning with gratitude in my heart for all of you, particularly those of you who love me and my family," the Rev. Chan Chandler said during a meeting at East Waynesville Baptist Church.
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March 3, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday with the politically charged issue of whether prominent display of the Ten Commandments at government buildings violated separation of church and state. In a Texas case, the court heard a challenge to a granite monument depicting the biblical Ten Commandments that sits near the entrance to the state Capitol in Austin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Two Republican congressman have put language in a budget bill passed by the House designed to prevent the removal of the cross atop Mt. Soledad, the object of 15 years of litigation between the city and the American Civil Liberties Union. But whether the move by Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Escondido) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) will prove successful may not be known until a hearing in coming weeks in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson.
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October 13, 2004 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, which has been closely split on religious issues, announced Tuesday that it would decide whether a government display of the Ten Commandments at public buildings violated the 1st Amendment's ban on "an establishment of religion." Plaques and monuments depicting the biblical commandments are at the center of the continuing dispute over the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.
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October 13, 2004 | Lianne Hart and Scott Gold, Times Staff Writers
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a challenge to a Ten Commandments monument that sits on the Texas Capitol grounds represents the completion of one man's remarkable odyssey. Plaintiff Thomas Van Orden is homeless, lives in the woods here, carries all of his possessions in a duffel bag with a broken zipper and typically eats every other day to save money. For the last three years, he has pieced together his case at a borrowed desk in the basement of a public library.
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August 7, 2004 | From Associated Press
The director of religious outreach for the Democratic Party says she resigned this week because of criticism over her support for removing the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. The Democratic National Committee is seeking a replacement for the Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson, who resigned Wednesday after serving less than two weeks in the newly created position. DNC spokesman Jano Cabrera said the party had nothing to add to her resignation statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
County Supervisors Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich introduced a motion Tuesday to let voters decide in November whether to keep a small cross in the county's official seal. The proposal has little chance of winning the four votes needed for passage, however. Three of the five supervisors have repeatedly voted to remove the cross to avoid a lawsuit over its constitutionality. But thousands of residents have urged the board to keep the religious symbol.
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