Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Separation of church and state stupidity, part 10,754,920,362

Children's home counselor alleges religious discrimination
A counselor is suing the Orangewood Children's Home for religious discrimination after she was suspended for six weeks without pay because a group of teens she was supervising overheard Christian music at the Huntington Beach Pier, the lawsuit says.


In June 2006, Loya took four teens to the Anaheim 5K, but after the girls started complaining that the music was too loud, she opted to take them to the Huntington Beach Pier for pizza, she said in the suit.

The annual Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam was taking place at the pier with live entertainment, including Incubus and Switchfoot, an alternative band with roots in contemporary Christian music.

The girls spent some time near the pier, played in the ocean and visited various arts and crafts booths at Pier Plaza, some of which were selling Christian items, the suit says.

The teens did not complain or ask to leave at any time, Loya said in the suit.

Loya, who has worked for Orangewood for nearly 20 years, was questioned in July 2006 about the field trip.

"She was asked whether she was aware in advance that the girls would hear Christian music at the beach," the lawsuit says.

Loya, a self-proclaimed Christian, received a letter in December 2006 stating Orangewood's intention to suspend her for a month for exposing the teens to "unapproved religious activities."

She was suspended for six weeks without pay in February 2007.

Unbelievable! To overhear some Christian music that happens to be playing at a public gathering place! The horror! Next thing you know, they'll be punishing teachers for "exposing" kids to Christian music coming from cars driving by. This is the sort of liberal, Christian-hating garbage that is spawned and propagated by groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

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