Calif. School Conference Drops Religious Right Speaker

After receiving an alert from members of Americans United’s Orange County Chapter, the California School Boards Association (CSBA) has rescinded a Religious Right activist’s invitation to speak at its annual event.

Bob Tyler, general counsel at Advocates for Faith and Freedom (AFF), was dropped as a speaker for the Fellowship Breakfast at the 2009 CSBA Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Diego. CSBA officials notified AU activists that the school board group was “unaware of the polarizing litigation that his organization is involved with.”

AFF, founded in 2005, has gone to court to promote religion in public schools and defended Proposition 8, a California measure that stripped away the right of same-sex couples to marry.

On its Web site, the Murietta-based group says it is a religious liberty organization that believes “America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.” AFF says today’s culture has “created a society increasingly devoid of the message and influence of God.”