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By Kent Larsen
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Activist That Sued Over Mormon Prayer Indicted in Plan to Bomb Mosque

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA -- The Jewish activist who sued Burbank for allowing an LDS bishop to say the words "Jesus Christ" in a prayer before the city council, has been indicted on suspicion of conspiring to bomb a mosque and the office of an Arab-American congressman. But lawyer Roger Jon Diamond said that the charges against Irv Rubin will have no effect on the lawsuit.

"[The indictment] will have zero affect. The facts about which he testified are not in dispute," said Diamond in comments to the Los Angeles Times. Rubin's lawsuit came in response to a prayer given November 23, 1999 by Bishop David King, who had volunteered to give the prayer through the Burbank Ministerial Association, an ecumenical group that draws on religious leaders throughout the city for the council's prayers. Following LDS custom, the prayer ended in the name of Christ.

But Rubin, a representative of the Jewish Defense League, was offended and later said "No Jew, no matter how liberal, can feel totally comfortable with a prayer that includes Jesus Christ. . . . It makes any non-Christian feel like an outsider." He then filed a lawsuit against the city, saying that his constitutional rights were violated by the prayer. In November 2000 a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge agreed, and issued an injunction prohibiting Burbank from "sectarian" prayers. Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the decision allows prayers to be given by ministers, but prohibits them from being specific to any religion.

Now Rubin has been charged with a total of nine counts in the alleged conspiracy, and faces up to two life sentences plus 75 years if convicted.


Rubin's indictment won't hurt city case, attorney says
Los Angeles Times 12Jan02 T2
By Gary Moskowitz

See also:

Lawyer Cites Lord in Condemning LDS Bishop's Prayer
Mormon News 5Jan02 D2
By Kent Larsen

California Cities Support Appeal of LDS Prayer Case
Mormon News 29Nov01 T6
By Kent Larsen

LDS Prayer Causes Controversy In Burbank, California
Mormon News 8Nov00 T4
By Kent Larsen


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