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California drops Aztec prayers from ethnic studies curriculum after parents file suit

"The curriculum included ... the 'In Lak Ech Affirmation,' which invoked five Aztec deities. Although labeled as an 'affirmation,' it addressed the deities both by name and by their traditional titles, recognized them as sources of power and knowledge, invoked their assistance, and gave thanks to them." - CPost

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California bars state-funded travel to 5 more states over LGBT laws; 17 now banned

"California added Florida, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia to its list of states banned from state-funded, state-sponsored travel due to a wave recently passed legislation that California Democrats deems “discriminatory” toward LGBT individuals." - C.Post

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California to pay $1.35M to settle Harvest Rock Church lawsuit against gathering restrictions

"The order also prohibited unfair treatment of houses of worship in emergency orders, explaining that the state government could 'impose capacity or numerical restrictions on religious worship services and gatherings at places of worship that are either identical to, or at least as favorable as, the restrictions imposed on other similar gatherings of similar risk.'" - C.Post

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Supreme Court vacates ruling against church suing California over worship limits

"...the high court vacated a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that denied South Bay United Pentecostal Church injunctive relief from the pandemic restrictions on in-person worship instituted by Gov. Gavin Newsom, which have since been rescinded." - C.Post

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Supreme Court Lifts California Restrictions on Private Religious Gatherings

"'California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts and indoor restaurants,' the majority wrote in an unsigned opinion." - National Review

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San Francisco School Board Rescinds Controversial School Renaming Plan

"The board had moved to forge ahead with a controversial plan to change the names of 44 schools that honor figures [allegedly] linked to historical racism or oppression. But on Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to suspend the effort when it approved a resolution saying it 'wishes to avoid the distraction and wasteful expenditure of public funds in frivolous litigation.'" - NPR

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