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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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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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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 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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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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On November 17, 1980, the United States Supreme Court decided Stone, et al. v. Graham, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Kentucky.  The case arose after Kentucky legislators passed a law mandating the posting of the Ten Commandments in every public … Continue reading

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Teaching Evolution Was Once a Criminal Act

In bygone days an Arkansas law prohibited public school teachers from teaching the theory of human evolution.  If a teacher were found guilty of violating the anti-evolution law, then he or she was subject to termination and a fine no … Continue reading

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has given the okay for a lawsuit brought by New Jersey Muslims to go forward against the City of New York. The plaintiffs claim that after September 11 the City’s … Continue reading

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

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On this date in 1983 Lynch v. Donnelly was argued before the Supreme Court.  The Court was asked to decide whether the City of Pawtucket violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment when it included a nativity scene in its … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 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 … Continue reading

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On this date in 1987 the United States Supreme Court decided O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz.  Muslim inmates sued the Administrator of the Leesburg Prison Complex claiming prison policies impinged on their First Amendment rights.  Prisoners who were assigned to … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1990 Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens was decided. The case involved public high school students who tried to create a student-led, voluntary, Christian bible study club. The students intended to meet after … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Last year on this date 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 … Continue reading

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