September 13, 2010
Feds sue city of Walnut for religious discrimination
Caught Frank Stoltze talking on KPCC this afternoon about how the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a religious discrimination lawsuit today against the city of Walnut. Looks like the federal government doesn’t think the small city in eastern Los Angeles County gave a fair shake to an application for a Buddhist temple.
That is no minor blip in local politics. It’s also not shocking. Walnut is a long way from Apple Valley, but it’s not totally unusual for religious minorities to run up against old-fashioned religious NIMBYs. Even when the minorities aren’t Muslim.
What’s odd, though, is that a Buddhist temple would be discriminated against in a community that, according to the Census, is 60 percent Asian American—and whose city council has the same demographic makeup.
Obviously, Asian American doesn’t mean Buddhist. But I would have expected a lawsuit like this more in, say, San Bernardino.