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Doe v. Norton

Challenge to Congressional authorization to spend $10 million in federal funds for repairing historic missions in California, virtually all of which were fully functioning houses of worship.

Christianson v. Leavitt

Challenge to federal grants provided to the Northwest Marriage Institute, a faith-based organization in Vancouver, Washington, that provided Bible-based marriage counseling.

Anderson v. Town of Durham

Several towns in Maine do not operate their own high schools. Instead, they pay tuition for students to attend nonreligious private schools or neighboring public schools. In the late 1990s, parents of religious-school students filed suits in state and federal court to challenge the exclusion of religious schools from the program. The courts concluded that payments to such schools would violate the Establishment Clause. Read more

Pelphrey v. Cobb County

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

Summers v. Adams

Challenge to South Carolina legislation creating a Christian-themed state license plate, bearing a large cross superimposed on a stained-glass window and the words “I Believe.”

Joyner v. Forsyth County

For years, the Forsyth County Board of Supervisors invited local clergy to deliver sectarian prayers at Board meetings; most of the prayers were Christian. In March 2007, the plaintiffs Americans United and the ACLU of North Carolina challenged the Board’s prayer policy in federal court. In January 2010, the trial court ruled that the prayer policy was unconstitutional and had the effect of affiliating the County with Christianity. Read more

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