July 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees on Thursday filed an emergency application in the US District Court for the District of Columbia for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the government from depriving the inmates of the right to pray communally during the month of Ramadan. Lawyers for ...[read more]
May 19, 2014
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Blissenbach, University of St. Thomas 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 and argues that his veto of the bill ...[read more]
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]
April 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill on Friday that would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events. The bill would also codify students' right to organize prayer groups, clubs or events, to wear religious jewelry or clothing and to express ...[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]

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