Several parents in the district filed a lawsuit in November through the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The board decided to fight the lawsuit, maintaining that members have the right to pray and enlisting a conservative values law firm to combat what they called secular bullying.Denver cites religion to delay Chick-fil-A contract
That case is ongoing and in discovery. Andrew Seidel, the lawyer for Freedom From Religion, said there won’t be a jury trial and his group will be pushing for a judge to grant summary judgment.
On the prayer issue, hundreds of community members signed a petition supporting school board prayer and showed up at board meetings in a show of support for Cruz and Na. But this time, Cruz’s rant has alienated some of his supporters, too.
The Denver City Council delayed the routine approval of a contract for Chick-fil-A to operate one of its restaurants at the city’s airport after a “gay” council member charged corporate profits would be used “to fund and fuel discrimination.”Group is gunning for small town's veteran memorial cross
The attack on one of the most successful and most popular food franchises in the nation is just the latest since 2012, when CEO Dan Cathy expressed his view that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
At one point, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel threatened to refuse to allow the company to open any restaurants in Chicago. He later dispatched an aide to say he really wouldn’t do that.
Liberty Counsel President Mathew Staver at the time said such a move would be unconstitutional anyway. But he said the reaction to Cathy’s support of the historic definition of marriage proved homosexual activists are militantly intolerant and want to intimidate and silence critics rather than engage in debate.
The Denver Post reported that the routine contract with Chick-fil-A was pending before the council when Councilman Paul Lopez called it “really, truly a moral issue on the city.”
The company repeatedly has assured the government it follows nondiscrimination laws and regulations.
Mayor Hatch told me the council will meet next month to decide what course of action to take. Meanwhile, the citizens of Knoxville are launching a campaign to save the memorial.
“This political correctness stuff is getting way out of hand,” resident Doug Goff told me. “When we are bending to the will of one person in the town -- you know something is wrong there.”
Goff is a lifelong resident of Knoxville. He’s also a Navy veteran. And he’s helping to spearhead an August 30t rally to defend the cross.
“This is a memorial for our veterans,” he said -- wondering if Americans United has a problem with the crosses in Arlington National Cemetery.
“The cross is white because the headstones in Arlington are white,” he said. “Would you take that cross down, too?”
Meanwhile, I think Americans United should answer Mr. Goff’s question. Will they demand that Arlington Cemetery remove their crosses?
Prayer at Florence High School flag pole continues after lawsuit
Less than a month after Fremont County School District RE-2 settled a lawsuit with a former teacher over religious discrimination at Florence High School, students and church leaders were back in front of the school Friday morning for prayers at the flag pole.
Community members, along with the pastor of The Cowboy Church at Crossroads, were also there.
"It's short, 20, 30 seconds and then they go in and then we wait for another group to come," said pastor Randy Pfaff.
The lawsuit was settled in July, and part of the provisions ban the school district from endorsing or sponsoring religious groups or activities, and the Cowboy Church can no longer hold worship services at district facilities.
According to the settlement, students can still gather to pray and form religious organizations, but they must be student led. Now the group, Fellowship of Christian Huskies, will have to make that transition.
"The students of course still have a club going but everything they try to do has been diminished and they don't have a leader any more to really lead in that way and Christianity does not need to be out of our schools," said Candy Thompson, one of Pfaff's supporters in the community.