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"No" To Loyalty Oaths in California

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August 13, 2008

Californians are familiar with the story of Wendy Gonaver, a lecturer at California State University at Fullerton who was fired after she refused to take the state’s “loyalty oath,” a holdover law from the 1950s intended to weed Communists from the state’s payroll. The oath currently excludes some religious folk, such as Quakers and Jehovah’s Witnesses, whose faiths forbid them from swearing such oaths.

The ACLU of Southern California blogged in DailyKos today about a new bill before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: S.B. 1322, the “Loyalty Oath Reform Bill” (PDF). If you’re a Californian, urge the governor to sign S.B. 1322, and stand up for the religious freedom of all Californians.

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