Johnson v. Poway Unified School District

A California public high-school teacher displayed large banners in his classroom with the following text: "IN GOD WE TRUST," "ONE NATION UNDER GOD," "GOD BLESS AMERICA," "GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE," and "All Men Are Created Equal They Are Endowed By Their CREATOR." After the teacher refused to provide those with greater historical context so as to avoid promoting religion, the school district instructed the teacher to remove the banners altogether. 

Pelphrey v. Cobb County

Challenging by residents of county in Georgia to the practice by two County Commissions of opening meetings with sectarian prayers.

Ramani v. Segelstein

Lawsuit against synagogue for sexual assault and retaliation perpetrated by its cantor and rabbi, raising the question of when claims should be allowed against religious institutions for sexual misconduct committed by their clergy.

McCollum v. California

Challenge to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's refusal to allow a Wiccan clergyman to serve as volunteer chaplain in prisons because he is not Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, or Native American.

Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao Do Vegetal

Challenge by Brazilian church to the federal government's enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act as it pertains to "hoasca," a hallucinogenic herb that church members must ingest as part of their religious practice.

Tenafly Eruv Association v. Borough of Tenafly

Challenge to decision by New Jersey borough to disallow the erection of an eruv (a symbolic "fence" used by Orthodox Jews) on the borough's telephone poles.

Pelphrey v. Cobb County

Challenge to practice by two Georgia county commissions of opening meetings with sectarian prayer.

Turner v. Fredericksburg

Opposition to challenge by Virgnia city council member to council's decision requiring that prayers given at beginning of council meetings be nonsectarian.

Wynne v. Town of Great Falls

Challenge to practice of town council members in South Carolina of presenting sectarian prayers before meetings.

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