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In 1958, a New York school district required the following prayer be recited each morning in its public schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our … Continue reading

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On June 24, 1992, the United States Supreme Court decided Lee v. Weisman. Daniel Weisman sued his daughter’s public school to bar them from inviting clergy to offer invocation and benediction prayers at her graduation. Weisman claimed that the practice … Continue reading

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Louisiana passed the” Creationism Act,” also known as the “Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science in Public School Instruction Act.” The law forbade the teaching of evolution, unless creationism was taught as well, in public elementary and secondary schools. Parents, … Continue reading

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On June 17, 1963, the United States Supreme Court decided School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp. The case dealt with prayer in the public schools.  Under Pennsylvania law, at the beginning of each school day, at least ten … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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On June 4, 1990, the United States Supreme Court decided Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens. The case involved public high school students who tried to create a student-led, voluntary, Christian bible study club. The students intended to … Continue reading

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On May 28, 1982, Ishmael Jaffree filed a complaint on behalf of his children against teachers, administrators and school board officials in Mobile, Alabama.  The complaint alleged that his children were “subjected to various acts of religious indoctrination” at their … Continue reading

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On May 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Town of Greece v. Galloway. The Court (in a 5:4 decision) held that reciting a prayer before a town meeting doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Read more about … Continue reading

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Taxpayers sued New York City’s Board of Education in order to challenge a policy that permitted students to leave school during the day to attend religious instruction elsewhere. No public funds were used and no religious instruction took place on … Continue reading

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The Good News Club, a private Christian organization for children, wanted to use Milford Central School property for their after school meetings. Milford denied their request. The Club sued, claiming that their rights to free speech were violated. Their case … Continue reading

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A Massachusetts law granted schools and churches the power to prevent businesses, within a 500-foot radius of their premises, from obtaining a liquor license. After a church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, raised an objection to a restaurant obtaining a liquor license, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1958, a New York school district required the following prayer be recited each morning in its public schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On June 24, 1992, the United States Supreme Court decided Lee v. Weisman. Daniel Weisman sued his daughter’s public school to bar them from inviting clergy to offer invocation and benediction prayers at her graduation. Weisman claimed that the practice … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Louisiana passed the” Creationism Act,” also known as the “Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science in Public School Instruction Act.” The law forbade the teaching of evolution unless creationism was taught as well, in public elementary and secondary schools. Parents, … Continue reading

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On This Date In Legal History

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 … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On June 4, 1990, the United States Supreme Court decided Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens. The case involved public high school students who tried to create a student-led, voluntary, Christian bible study club. The students intended to … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 28, 1982, Ishmael Jaffree filed a complaint on behalf of his children against teachers, administrators and school board officials in Mobile, Alabama.  The complaint alleged that his children were “subjected to various acts of religious indoctrination” at their … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Town of Greece v. Galloway. The Court (in a 5:4 decision) held that reciting a prayer before a town meeting doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Read more about … Continue reading

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On April 4, 2011, the United States Supreme Court decided Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn.  Arizona taxpayers sued the director of the state’s Department of Revenue claiming that a law allowing their taxes to be used towards tuition … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

A Massachusetts law granted schools and churches the power to prevent businesses, within a 500-foot radius of their premises, from obtaining a liquor license.  After a church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, raised an objection to a restaurant obtaining a liquor license, … Continue reading

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