Senate Republicans drop religious freedom amendment

Democrats threatened to hold up the $618.7 defense authorizations bill unless the amendment was removed

The following comes from a December 5 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Senate Republicans agreed to remove a religious liberty amendment from a defense bill earlier this week, after a fierce campaign was waged against it by secular groups. “The leadership of the 115th Congress must double down against, not concede to, ridiculous, fact-free accusations meant to … [Read more...]

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ACLU sues over charities that care for immigrant minors but won’t offer abortions

Lawsuit against HHS moves forward after judge rules plaintiff has standing to sue

The following comes from a November 30 Courthouse News article by Helen Christophi: SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union accusing the federal government of violating the U.S. Constitution by funding religious groups that care for unaccompanied immigrant minors but don’t offer birth control and … [Read more...]

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Mercy San Juan Hospital stands by Catholic doctrine, sort of

But they grease the skids for transgender surgery at Methodist hospital

The following comes from an Aug. 30 story in the Sacramento Bee. Tuesday was supposed to be a big day for Evan Michael Minton. The Fair Oaks resident packed his bags for the hospital, said a prayer and counted down the hours until he would undergo the hysterectomy that would take him one step further in his transition from female to male. Instead he spent the day on … [Read more...]

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L.A. County caves on the cross

Decides not to appeal decision on San Gabriel Mission in its official seal

The following comes from a June 21 story on MyNewsLA.com. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday not to appeal a federal judge’s ruling finding a cross over the San Gabriel Mission on the county’s official seal to be unconstitutional. The vote, taken behind closed doors, was 3-2, with Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich dissenting, according to … [Read more...]

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Federal judge rules against Christian cross on LA county seal

Symbol on top of mission building is apparently unconstitutional

The following comes from an April 7 Buzzfeed article by Claudia Koerner: Los Angeles County violated the California constitution when it added a Christian cross to the official seal in 2014, a federal judge has ruled, dismissing arguments that the change was to promote historical accuracy. The ruling means the county will have to go back to an older version of the seal … [Read more...]

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Under pressure from ACLU, Clovis Unified School Board approves gender-neutral dress code

New policy allows boys to wear long hair, earrings

The following comes from an April 6 Fresno Bee article by Mackenzie Mays: After months of debate, the Clovis Unified school board on Wednesday reluctantly approved a dress code that is gender-neutral. The new policy removes decades-old restrictions that prevented boys in the district from wearing long hair and earrings, and instead applies a single standard for all … [Read more...]

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California cross returns, for a time, to haunt ACLU

The following comes from an April 5 Town Hall article by Robert Knight: A large cross commemorating the landing by Spanish explorers in Monterey, California in 1769 was back at Del Monte Beach, erected anonymously over Easter weekend. For a few tense days, vampires and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyers knew to avoid the area, while families took Easter … [Read more...]

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