California city to remove church directory over lawsuit fear
CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city says it will remove a public church directory sign to avoid potential First Amendment lawsuits.
Officials in Coronado say the decision came after the Freedom From Religion Federation sent a letter saying the city-owned sign “raises serious constitutional concerns.”
The wooden sign has the names of local churches. It’s stood at an intersection in the coastal resort town for decades.
The federation’s lawyer, Liz Cavell, tells the San Diego Union-Tribune that because the sign has only Christian churches, it could give the impression that Coronado promotes religion over non-religion and Christianity over other faiths.
Mayor Richard Bailey says the city will put up a new sign that includes various religious institutions and other private and civic organizations.
Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com