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  • Mt. Soledad cross: Take it down

    Mt. Soledad cross: Take it down
    The Mt. Soledad cross has been handed yet another defeat in its long legal drama. A lower court ruled for the second time that the cross — a visually commanding religious symbol on government-owned land on a San Diego hilltop — violates...
  • Federal judge backs same-sex marriages in Utah; state to appeal

    Federal judge backs same-sex marriages in Utah; state to appeal
    A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, making the state where the powerful Mormon Church has fought gay marriage the latest front in the legal battle over marriage rights. In a 53-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert J....
  • Spy wars: Americans need to know more than Snowden has revealed

     Spy wars: Americans need to know more than Snowden has revealed
    Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know a lot about what the National Security Agency has secretly been up to. As a result, Congress, a U.S. district court judge and the White House are considering ways to rein in the agency and protect our privacy. But we have...
  • Northern California counties revive an old idea for a breakaway state

    Northern California counties revive an old idea for a breakaway state
    YREKA, Calif. — Farmers, ranchers and onetime loggers were among those who packed a church community room here in August to listen to a former state lawmaker convey his vision of a cleaved — and more governable — California. The...
  • Supreme Court to hear case on separating church and state

    Supreme Court to hear case on separating church and state
    WASHINGTON — When Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, complained about the Christian prayers at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y., they were told they could "leave the room or just not listen," Galloway said. "We...
  • Separating prayer and state

    Separating prayer and state
    On Wednesday, a lawyer for Greece, N.Y., will ask the Supreme Court to uphold the town's practice of opening its monthly meetings with prayers that usually invoke the name of Jesus Christ. The court should decline the invitation. Citizens seeking to do...
  • Letters: Obama's puzzling prayer position

    Letters: Obama's puzzling prayer position
    Re "Bowing to religion," Opinion, Nov. 5 The only elected official in America who represents all the people is the president. As such, I could not agree more with Erwin Chemerinsky's question as to why President Obama has committed the people of the...
  • Letters: Prayer and the Supreme Court

    Re "Prayer case bedevils Supreme Court," Nov. 7 Justice Antonin Scalia's concern that the Supreme Court might "stifle the manner in which [religious adherents] invoke their deity" can be resolved by a couple of minutes of silence when public meetings...
  • 1993 religious freedom act is at heart of contraception case

    1993 religious freedom act is at heart of contraception case
    WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court confronted the case of Native Americans who were fired for smoking an illegal drug during a religious ceremony, Justice Antonin Scalia called a halt to granting religious exemptions under the Constitution's...
  • Supreme Court to hear Obamacare challenge over birth control drugs

    Supreme Court to hear Obamacare challenge over birth control drugs
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear another legal challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law, this time to decide whether a corporation can refuse to pay to cover birth control drugs that violate the religious beliefs of the...
  • Supreme Court to hear cases on Obamacare and birth control

    Supreme Court to hear cases on Obamacare and birth control
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to jump into a growing legal dispute between the Obama administration and businesses run by conservative Christians over whether a company must pay for birth control drugs that conflict with its owner'...