By Hemant Mehta
In a welcome decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the judges rejected re-hearing a case in which the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Directors (in California) was accused of violating the Establishment Clause by promoting Christianity at meetings.
Back in July, a three-judge panel unanimously ruled against the District. Yesterday’s decision reaffirmed that decision, leaving the Supreme Court as the final option for the Christian side.
This is another huge victory for church/state separation and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
To understand what this case was about, you should know that board meetings in this District frequently resembled church services. The board members often led explicitly Christian prayers and read Bible verses out loud.
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