Friday, March 11, 2011

Supreme Court Rules For Religious Liberty

In the past week, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of religious liberty on two occasions. In the case of Badger Catholic v. Walsh, the Court declined to hear the University of Wisconsin's appeal of the 7th Circuit Court ruling which favored a Catholic student group at the campus. The university violated the First Amendment by refusing to fund certain events of Badger Catholic, a registered student group whose events contained religious expression, while providing funding for the events of other student organizations. In a second decision, the Supreme Court declined to hear a Michael Newdow case challenging the use of the National Motto, "In God We Trust," on U.S. currency. Newdow believes that any mention of "God" by a governmental entity is an unconstitutional "establishment of religion" in violation of the First Amendment. []

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