Establishment Clause

Kobach: Trump’s Victory May Have Saved the Cross

The Supreme Court rejected a First Amendment challenge brought by the atheist American Humanist Association against the Bladensburg Peace Cross – a 32-foot high granite and cement cross built in 1925 as a tribute to those who died in World War I.

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Supreme Court’s Historic Immigration Decision in Trump v. Hawaii

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Trump’s immigration policy in a 5-4 decision on Tuesday, holding that the entry restrictions from seven terror-prone nations codified in Presidential Proclamation 9645 is consistent with federal law and the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

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Trump Travel Ban Has Good Day at Supreme Court

President Donald Trump had a good day at the Supreme Court on Wednesday in the “travel ban” case involving immigrants from terror-prone nations, as a majority of the justices seemed to signal their agreement with the president’s lawyers on key points.

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Supreme Court Takes Historic Case on Trump Travel Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted review in the legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s permanent policy restricting entry into the United States from the residents of eight terror-prone nations, in what will be a historic case on presidential authority, national security, the role of the courts in immigration, and the Constitution’s guarantee of religious liberty.

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Fourth Circuit: 90-Year-Old Cross-Shaped Monument to WW1 Dead Is Illegal

Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered the removal of a Bladensburg, Maryland, World War I memorial because its 40-foot tall cross shape violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, reversing a lower court ruling that would have preserved the monument and drawing impassioned reactions from litigants and observers throughout the week.

Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, Bladensburg, Md.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Ten Commandments Case

The Supreme Court on Monday denied review in a major constitutional case involving a Ten Commandments display, leading experts to speculate as to when the Court will take on the “big one” on what the Constitution requires regarding faith in the public square.

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WATCH: Students Support Religious Freedom for Muslims, Not Christians

Several students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison admit that Muslims should not be forced by law to do business with Christians. Those same students, however, had a hard time agreeing that Christians or conservative Americans have the right to decline work that conflicts with their conscience or religion.

WATCH: Students Support Religious Freedom for Muslims, Not Christians

VA Federal Judge Holds Immigration EO Violates Establishment Clause

A federal district judge in Virginia has ruled that President Trump’s Executive Order 13,769 (EO) violates the Constitution’s First Amendment, guaranteeing that the government shall not establish an official religion, in terms that are likely to carry over into any replacement order Trump may issue in the coming days.

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order with small business leaders in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC on January 30, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Texas AG OK’s Prayer in Court Over Atheist Group’s Objections

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued an opinion stating it does not violate the Establishment Clause to open a court session with the statement “God save the State of Texas and this Honorable Court” or to open court with a prayer, or have a volunteer chaplain program to facilitate those prayers. An atheist group from Wisconsin had complained about the practice.

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Federal Court Bans Cross from Los Angeles Seal

A federal court ruled Thursday that the Los Angeles County supervisors violated the Constitution in 2014 when they voted to restore a small cross to the county seal. The cross appeared on a depiction of a historic mission building.

Los Angeles County seal (Wikipedia)