On June 11, 2001, the United States Supreme Court decided Good News Club v. Milford Central School. The case arose after Milford Central School denied Good News Club’s request to conduct their weekly after-school meetings in their school cafeteria. The school permitted other outside organizations to use their building, but denied the Club permission under its “religious exclusion policy.” The Club is a private Christian organization that provides religious instruction to children. Good News Club sued claiming that their First Amendment rights were violated, and the Supreme Court agreed in a 6-3 decision.
Justice Clarence Thomas, who delivered the opinion of the Court, wrote— “When Milford denied the Good News Club access to the school’s limited public forum on the ground that the Club was religious in nature, it discriminated against the Club because of its religious viewpoint in violation of the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.” Justice Thomas further noted—“no Establishment Clause concern justifies that violation.” You can listen to the case argued before the Supreme Court at http://bit.ly/1GhcS9K.