ACLU Sues Calaveras County Over Christian-Operated Women's Center

| by Tony Tran
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California has filed a lawsuit against Calaveras County over the issue of a resolution passed by the county's board last year which promoted one religion over another.

The ACLU acted on behalf of nine citizens of the Calaveras County, all of them of varying religious faiths and beliefs.

According to the ACLU's website, their lawsuit is targeting a resolution which "runs afoul of the fundamental constitutional principle that the government should not promote one particular religious belief over others."

The resolution in question is over the approval of a Christian-run women's center called "Door of Hope" which works to "strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ." It has been twice passed by the board.

After sending a letter advising officials to renege on the resolution on the pro-life pregnancy center, the county responded by redrafting and rewording the legislation.

Twenty years ago, the ACLU of Northern California made headlines for their work in a California school district which eventually led to Sikh students being allowed to wear ceremonial knives in school.

Last week, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the county in the Superior Court, alleging the violations against the Constitutions of California and the United States.

"No one should ever be made to feel like an outsider in their own community simply because they don't share the same religious beliefs as many of their neighbors," said one plaintiff and former deputy executive officer of the California State Senate, Cindy Lavagetto.

Calaveras County first became famous over a century and a half ago when Mark Twain published The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.


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