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Posted 09 Apr 2002   For week ended January 25, 2002
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Activist That Sued Over Mormon Prayer Indicted in Plan to Bomb Mosque
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.

Burbank Prayer Lawsuit Appeal Pending
The appeal of a ruling that called LDS bishop David King's Burbank City Council prayer unconstitutional is awaiting a hearing date before the 2nd District Court of Appeals, and constitutional scholars disagree over whether or not the ruling will be overturned. The case, arising after activist Irv Rubin objected to King's use of the words "Jesus Christ," hinges on the interpretation of a 1983 U.S. Supreme Court case, Marsh vs. Chambers, and whether the court meant that prayers before legislatures had to be nondenominational or not.

Apostles Open Utah Legislature Session With Prayer
Elder L. Tom Perry of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve offered the invocation in the Utah State Senate and Elder David B. Haight, also of the Quorum of the Twelve, opened the Utah State House with prayer on January 20th, as the state legislature, made up primarily of LDS Church members, started its new session. Elder Haight sought for lawmakers to "serve with integrity and ethical values" shown by the Founding Fathers.


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