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Editor’s note: This article was written in 2003. See
update below on U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 ruling in Cutter v.
Today, the First Amendment of the Constitution protects a person’s right to
worship freely, but controversy still rages over how much power local
governments should have over where and when religious groups can
worship. While religious groups assert that governments [...]
The Supreme Court has clearly protected comic books under the First Amendment since the 1948 case of Winters v. New York, but that ruling has never stopped censors from trying to banish comics to a “kids-only” ghetto where artists and writers have limited freedom.
In fact, a national wave of comic-book censorship struck only six years [...]
In the 1925 case of Pierce v. Society of Sisters, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot use their compulsory education laws to prevent children from attending private, religious schools, instead of public schools. In the decades since, the Court has gone much further to accommodate students’ religious needs, by ruling that public schools [...]