If you were to visit Coronado, California, you’d see this sign in Spreckels Park:
That’s a church directory. And it’s illegal. Someone must have informed Mayor Richard Bailey that this was a lawsuit waiting to happen — and that the city would lose — because he posted a message on Facebook explaining that the sign in its current form had to be taken down.
To avoid potential First Amendment legal challenges and, in the interest of the efficient use of public resources, the City is in the process of updating the directory signs on Third Street and Orange Avenue and at Sixth Street and Orange Avenue.
The City will remove the directory at Sixth and Orange Avenue in Spreckels Park as a part of the project.
The Coronado Council of Churches is aware this is occurring, and they support the City’s efforts.
This redesign effort will ensure our signage is informative and representative by incorporating our community’s civic, social, faith-based and philanthropic organizations.
It would be legal, of course, to include churches in a broader directory of various locations in the city. But to single out various Christian churches for public signage is promotion of religion and a violation of the Establishment Clause.
Kudos to the Mayor for taking quick action. And pity the foolish online commenters who think this is some infringement on their religious rights.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)