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Yesterday, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) filed a federal civil rights lawsuit yesterday on behalf of a group of concerned parents against the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) challenging the constitutionality of the district’s controversial “Anti-Islamophobia” program.  Named defendants also include every member of SDUSD’s Board of Education and Superintendent Cynthia Marten.  In addition to six parents, FCDF is representing Citizens for Quality Education – San Diego (CQE-SD), a local grassroots organization dedicated to public school reform, and the San Diego Asian Americans for Equality (SDAAFE), which defends the interests of the Asian American community and promotes active involvement in public affairs.


Parents Sue San Diego School District Over "Anti-Islamophobia" Campaign

The Professor Lopez Case

Dr. Lopez is an English professor at Cal State Northridge. In October 2014, Dr. Lopez sponsored an academic conference, entitled “Bonds That Matter,” on the legal and moral rights of children to know and, if possible, be raised by their biological parents. Participation by his students was optional. At the conference, one student challenged one presenter, a feminist filmmaker whose documentaries feature regretful surrogate mothers. The complaining student insisted that gay couples should have a right to “get” a baby. After she graduated in May 2014, this student filed a complaint with the University’s Office of Equity and Diversity, accusing Dr. Lopez of sexual discrimination in connection with the conference. FCDF is representing Dr. Lopez in his defense against these spurious claims. FCDF also previously assisted Dr. Lopez when homosexual activists unsuccessfully sought to derail his chances for tenure. Recently, the University found that Dr. Lopez did not engage in discrimination. The University, however, did find on its own that Dr. Lopez had retaliated against the complaining student. FCDF and Dr. Lopez are now considering what further action to take.

Welcome to The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s mission is to defend religious freedom by providing protective legal services at the trial level to persons whose religious liberty and free-speech rights have been attacked. FCDF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public-interest law firm which defends the conscience rights and religious freedom of those of all faiths and no faith.