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Supreme Court Decisions on Religious Liberty
Recently Added Court Decisions

Newdow v. U.S. Congress (2002)
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the addition of the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allgiance back in 1954 was unconstitutional.

ESA v. Rylander (2001)
A Texas District Court ruled that a nontheistic Ethical Culture Society deserved a religious tax exemption. The Court rejected State arguments that religion must be defined by a belief in a "Supreme Being."

Williams v. Lara (2000)
The Texas Supreme Court decided that an "all fundamentalist" prison section was unconstitutional, even though the prisoners volunteered to be there where other religious beliefs were excluded.

LeVake v. Independent School District (2001)
A federal district court finds that a school may remove a teacher from teaching a biology class when that teacher, a creationist, cannot adequately teach evolution.

FFRF v. Faith Works (2002)
A federal district court decides that the state government cannot give direct, unrestricted funding to a "faith based" drug counseling program which also includes a heavy dose of religious indoctrination.

FFRF v. Rhea County Board of Education (2002)
A federal district court decides that a public school cannot have students from the local Bryan College come in to teach Bible classes.

O'Bannon v. Indiana Civil Liberties Union (2001)
The Supreme Court has recently refused to hear a case about a large monument in Indiana which would have included the Ten Commandments. What was the original 7th Circuit Court decision, and why did they reach that conclusion? What does this mean for future cases?

Watchtower Society vs. Village of Stratton (2001)
Should people going door-to-door for solicitations, canvassing, etc. be required to get a permit first? The Jehovah's Witnesses don't think so, and challenged just such a law in the Village of Stratton, Ohio. The 6th Circuit Court decided against them, but the case will soon be decided by the Supreme Court.


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The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. Kermit L. Hall, ed. Compare Prices

The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions. Kermit L. Hall, ed. Compare Prices

The Godless Court? Supreme Court Decisions on Church-State Relationships. Ronald B. Flowers. Compare Prices

The Godless Constitution: The Case Against Religious Correctness. Isaac Kramnick & R. Laurence Moore. Compare Prices

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