On January 6, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of the Church of Scientology, will vote on an ordinance that would criminalize certain tartgeted picketing of residences. The ordinance is similar to one proposed and which failed to gain the necessary support only weeks ago.
As Eugene Volokh pointed out, Riverside’s original oridinance [...]
[Update: mirrored, and probably more reliable links for complaint and motion to strike. Ray Hill kindly mirrored the documents here, as well. ]
Alexander Godelman and Marc Le Shay, two Diskeeper employees (Godelman was CIO and Le Shay hired as the Automation Planning Officer) have filed a complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court alleging [...]
The following was posted on the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology, but I’ll post here as well.
The Ninth Circuit finally, after 10 months, published its opinion in Sklar v. Commissioner, and I’m sad to say it disappoints. I wrote about the oral arguments in this case back in May, trying to read the tea leaves as to [...]
Within the myriad universe of contentious church-state issues, most of which did not become contentious until the 20th century, legislative prayer stands apart, its origins tracing to the First Congress, as the Supreme Court pointed out in Marsh v. Chambers (463 U.S. 783). In that 1983 case, the Supreme Court ruled that the prayer preceding [...]
We’ve had advance notice for the last few days that in the Sarah Palin interview with Katie Couric, Palin was unable to name another Supreme Court case besides Roe v. Wade. Troubling, yes, but it unfortunately eclipsed a more troubling answer, which occurred when Couric asked Palin if she thought there was a “right to [...]
The Louisiana legislature passed an insidious bill that, according to NewScientist, seeks to “bestow on teachers the right to introduce non-scientific alternatives to evolution under the banner of ‘academic freedom.‘” While I’m not surprised that the Louisiana legislature is that stupid, the vote itself jarred me: it passed 94-3.
The passed bill, named the [...]
A fairly disturbing church/state issue has been fermenting in a Columbus Ohio grade school, where a popular eighth-grade science teacher John Freshwater has been systematically injecting his religious views and discarding the science curriculum he was hired by the state to teach. Story here. This much isn’t especially odd, as it probably goes on everywhere [...]
I’m suddenly unpressed for time, so I think I’ll turn my interbrowsing into something productive by doling out stories with accompanying thoughts, if thoughts occur. First, let’s visit Chula Vista, San Diego, where the San Diego taxpayers are about to eat $313k (see here for great article by Tanya Mannes of the San Diego Union-Tribune), [...]
In the early 1990s, Michael and Marla Sklar deducted part of their children’s school tuition from their income tax in an amount equal to the proportion they viewed their tuition going toward religious instruction, as opposed to secular teaching (e.g., math, english). He listed his deductions under section 170 of the Tax Code, which permits [...]
Judges and congress are (finally) becoming skeptical of non-profits, according to the NY Times, which cites a Minnesota State Supreme Court case from December (Under the Rainbow Child Care Ctr., Inc. v. County of Goodhue, 741 N.W.2d 880 (Minn. 2007)), which held that a nonprofit day care agency here had to pay property taxes because [...]