ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
Posted 24 Feb 2001   For week ended November 03, 2000
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church
Sent on Mormon-News: 08Nov00

By Kent Larsen

LDS Prayer Causes Controversy In Burbank, California

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA -- A Los Angeles superior court judge was scheduled to hear a first amendment case Friday over an LDS prayer given last November at a Burbank City Council meeting. The prayer, following LDS custom, ended in the name of Christ, leading Jewish activist Irv Rubin to file a lawsuit against the city.

"No Jew, no matter how liberal, can feel totally comfortable with a prayer that includes Jesus Christ," said Rubin. ". . . It makes any non-Christian feel like an outsider." Rubin is not on the city council, but was at the meeting. The city asks the Burbank Ministerial Association to choose someone to give the prayer from a list of volunteers. The association says members of all faiths are welcome to volunteer.

Rubin's case may have some validity, says USC law professor Ervin Chemerinsky. While the US Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that legislative bodies could employ chaplains, it did not say they could give 'sectarian' prayers.


Invocation of Christ's Name at Council Meetings Challenged
Los Angeles Times 2Nov00 T4


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information