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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.
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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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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.
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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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June 15, 2004 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, ruling on Flag Day, preserved the wording of "one nation, under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and threw out a lawsuit Monday that had challenged it as a form of state-mandated religious indoctrination. But the court stopped short of upholding the pledge as constitutional.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2004 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
More than 700 people packed the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to chastise lawmakers for voting to erase a small cross from the county's official seal. The board's decision, made last week after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue on the grounds that the seal represents an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity, unleashed a loud backlash as thousands of people called the supervisors or fired off e-mail messages objecting to the cross' removal.
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June 4, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two days after Los Angeles County supervisors decided to remove the tiny gold cross on the county seal rather than defend it against a threatened ACLU lawsuit, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony asked that the cross be retained. In a letter to the supervisors Thursday, the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles reiterated arguments that the cross recalls the importance of Catholic missions in the county's heritage.
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June 2, 2004 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
The head of the White House's faith-based initiatives program said Tuesday that a "culture war" was dividing the Bush administration and its critics who challenge the constitutionality of mixing church and state.
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May 29, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to avoid a lawsuit, Simi Valley park officials plan to sell a 12-foot cross that has stood atop Mt. McCoy on the city's west end for more than 60 years. For some, the cross is a cherished piece of the valley's history; for others it is a religious symbol unsuited for public property.
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