Thursday, September 22, 2011

City's Allocation To Gospel Festival Questioned

In San Diego, each member of city council is allocated $25,000 each year to use to support events in his or her district.  Sign On San Diego on Tuesday reported that again this year, Council President Tony Young is allocating a portion of his funds to support a gospel music festival known as Praise Fest.  Again the ACLU is objecting. Last year, after objections were raised, promoters removed religious references as well as references to the city from the event's website. A spokesman for the City Attorney’s Office said Praise Fest is primarily "a community-oriented event featuring not only gospel music, which is rooted in culture, but also educational and family-friendly entertainment."