The San Diego Unified School District’s superintendent and board of education filed their answer on Monday to the federal civil rights lawsuit brought by five families and two local organizations challenging the District’s “anti-Islamophobia initiative.” The multi-year program was developed under the direction of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a “holistic” plan to…

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) yesterday issued investigative subpoenas to the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its local office in San Diego. The subpoenas are part of FCDF’s federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the San Diego Unified School District’s (SDUSD) “anti-Islamophobia initiative.” The multi-year program…

Today, a federal judge ruled that the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) must hand over critical evidence to five families as part of their legal challenge to the district’s “anti-Islamophobia initiative.” The program, which was enacted last April, singles out Muslim students for special protections and empowers a controversial Islamic advocacy organization, the Council…

Today, FCDF filed a comprehensive motion for a preliminary injunction with hundreds of pages of supporting evidence in federal court in its case against challenging the San Diego Unified School District’s “Anti-Islamophobia Initiative.” The Initiative, which was developed in partnership with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), singles out Muslim students for special accommodations, calls…

Yesterday, government officials indicated in a phone conference with Cathy Miller’s attorneys that they would likely appeal a Kern County Superior Court ruling in favor of Cathy, a devout Christian and owner of Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, who declined to design a custom wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. In response to the State’s indication,…

Late this afternoon, Superior Court Judge David Lampe denied the State of California’s request for a preliminary injunction to either force Cathy Miller to design custom wedding cakes for same-sex couples or not create wedding cakes at all. If forced to comply, Cathy faced the possibility of losing up to forty percent of her business…

Today, Charles LiMandri, Chief Counsel of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF), is arguing in Kern County Superior Court in opposition to the state government’s request for an injunction to force Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery, to design custom wedding cakes that promote messages inconsistent with her faith and conscience. If the judge grants the…

Cathy Miller, the owner of Tastries Bakery, filed an opposition brief last Friday in state court in response to the State of California’s legal fight to force her either to design wedding cakes promoting messages she disagrees with or to stop creating wedding cakes altogether. Last August, two women came into Cathy’s shop and requested…

SAN DIEGO – Lawyers for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) filed a motion in federal court to strike two “scandalous” allegations about the district’s partnership with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). In May 2017, six parents and two local organizations sued SDUSD, challenging the constitutionality of the district’s “anti-Islamophobia initiative.” The initiative,…

Today, a state judge dealt a sharp blow to California officials’ escalating persecution of a Christian bakery owner. The government had filed a surprise motion for a temporary restraining order yesterday against Cathy Miller, a cake artist and owner of Tastries Bakery, to forbid her “from selling to anyone any item they are unwilling to…

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