• Washington Archdiocese considers next step in lawsuit over transit ad

    Washington Archdiocese considers next step in lawsuit over transit ad

    • Dec 12, 2017

    The Washington archdiocese contended WMATA’s policy that “prohibits all noncommercial advertising, including any speech that purportedly promotes a religion, religious practice or belief,” is a violation of the free speech and free exercise of religion clauses of the First Amendment and a violation of the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.

  • Supreme Court allows state funding in church playground case

    • Jun 26, 2017

    In a highly anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court said the government cannot deny funds on purely religious grounds to organizations putting the money to non-religious use. In an amicus brief, the United States bishops’ conference warned that if the decision against the church had stood, it “would invite state officials to invoke those concerns as a pretext for penalizing religious groups whose beliefs or practices diverge from government-prescribed orthodoxy.”