August 24, 1991 |
Five national organizations have urged a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling that distribution of Gideon Bibles in a public school does not violate the Constitution. U.S. District Judge Allen Sharp ruled in May that the Bibles could be distributed to fifth-grade public school students in Rensselaer, Ind., because the school district allows several outside organizations to give out literature in the school.
April 15, 1999 |
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit to stop public schools, military bases and other publicly funded organizations from allowing Boy Scout meetings as long as the scouts insist on a religious oath. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of five taxpayers, names as defendants the Chicago Public Schools and the United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois.
June 30, 1988
Wrapping up its 1987-1988 term, the Supreme Court also issued the following rulings: - The Constitution may prohibit executing murderers who were younger than 16 when they committed their crimes. - The separation of church and state does not bar a law, backed by the Reagan Administration, that grants money to charitable and religious groups for programs to promote chastity among teen-agers.
November 19, 1992 |
School officials have told four teachers who serve as advisers to religious clubs at Royal High School to discontinue their practice of leading the student groups in prayer at noontime meetings. On the advice of the school district's attorneys, Principal David Jackson recently informed the teachers that leading the groups in prayer is unconstitutional. Jackson said several U.S. Supreme Court rulings forbid teachers to lead such activities because teachers are representatives of the state.
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July 27, 1991 |
A Jewish organization and the city of Beverly Hills have come to a tentative agreement in a dispute over the display of a Hanukkah menorah in a municipal park, attorneys in the case said Friday. The agreement would settle a lawsuit filed in Demember by the American Jewish Congress, which said the religious symbol in the city park violated the constitutional separation of church and state.
December 13, 1989 |
A federal appeals court ruled that the display of a 16-foot menorah in a Burlington, Vt., park is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of church and state. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a lower court's decision allowing the city to issue a permit to a Jewish group to erect the menorah in a park next to City Hall. The appeals judges based their decision on a U.S.
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December 12, 1998 |
A church-state watchdog group has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate eight churches that allegedly violated their tax-exempt status by distributing Christian Coalition voter guides the Sunday before the November elections. The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the "partisan" guides were "deliberately designed" to help elect conservative Republican candidates.
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June 23, 2001 |
Some Indiana residents are protesting challenges to having Ten Commandments monuments on the lawns of courthouses by planting plastic commandment signs outdoors. Vincennes beauty shop owner Karen Bruggeman decided to sell the plastic signs in March after learning that the Indiana Civil Liberties Union had filed a federal lawsuit demanding the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn of the Knox County Courthouse.
September 8, 2008 |
The socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to endorse political candidates from their pulpits Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules. The effort by the Arizona-based legal consortium is designed to trigger an IRS investigation that ADF lawyers would challenge in federal court. The goal is to persuade the Supreme Court to throw out a 54-year-old ban on such endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship. An opposing group of Christian and Jewish clergy will petition the IRS today to stop the protest, calling the ADF's "Pulpit Initiative" an assault on the rule of law and the separation of church and state.