Category Archive: Law

Jun 28

June 28: The “Lemon Test” (1971) and Church-State Separation

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It was on this date, June 28, 1971, that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the most significant ruling to date on the issue of church-state separation, limiting with the “Lemon Test” just how far the states and the United States can go in forcing religious support on citizens. In Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. …

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Jun 17

June 17: Creating the “Sherbert Test” (1963): Burdens on Religious Practice

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It was on this date, June 17, 1963, that the U.S. Supreme Court decided 7-2 in Sherbert v. Verner (374 U.S. 398 (1963)), creating the “Sherbert Test,” and saying that adherents of minority faiths cannot be disadvantaged by government without a compelling interest in limiting free exercise of religion. When a textile mill worker was …

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Jul 04

Guest Opinion: A Message for Independence Day

A Message for Independence Day By Joel Price Published 7/1/2012* Reprinted by permission of the author As we approach the Fourth of July and we anticipate the ubiquitous flag waving, the parades, politicians’ patriotic prattle, and sky-filled fireworks, I am reminded that: It is often proclaimed, “America is the greatest nation ever!” I actually recoil …

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