May 5, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway that the practice of opening town meetings with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in 2012 that the New York town's practice amounted to ...[read more]
May 1, 2014
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Guest Columnist Aaron Spencer, Temple University Beasley School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Veto of SB 236, which would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events. . .The First Amendment begins, "Congress ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Neil Devlin
On November 6, 2013, the US Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of legislative prayer. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that an opening prayer in a town meeting amounted to the government endorsing Christianity. Therefore, the ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by G. Redd
Federal courts have deliberated a surfeit of cases implicating the Establishment Clause and recent contests have focused on both the relationships between private groups exercising religious customs and government action and possible endorsement. As evinced by this snapshot of recent developments, ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment bars the US government from making any law regarding the establishment of religion. Traditionally, the Establishment Clause has been seen as forbidding the government from establishing a national religion as well as prohibiting any preferential ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
11/06/2013: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on legislative prayer. 07/03/2012: Federal judge upheld South Carolina program awarding credit for off-campus religious courses. 01/17/2012: Supreme Court declined to rule on board meeting prayers in North Carolina. 01/11/2012: Supreme Court upheld ...[read more]
November 6, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Town of Greece v. Galloway the court heard arguments on whether legislative prayer violates the First Amendment, specifically the Establishment Clause. On appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the matter is... ...[read more]
January 13, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On January 13, 2006, the US Court of Appeals of the Seventh Circuit vacated a trial court decision from 2004 that had barred the Freedom From Religion Foundation from pursuing a lawsuit against the George W. Bush administration's faith-based initiatives, citing the Establishment Clause of the US ...[read more]
July 3, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has upheld a South Carolina program allowing public high school students to earn credit for religious courses taken off campus during the school day. The program was challenged by students and parents at a school that offers the credit. They argued ...[read more]
May 28, 2012
by Jamie Davis
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled on Friday that a lawsuit opposing a Ten Commandments monument displayed on property owned by the City of Fargo, North Dakota, may move forward. The nonprofit group Red River Freethinkers filed suit against Fargo in 2002, claiming that the city ...[read more]

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