In what comes as a surprise to virtually nobody, the Supreme Court rules that a high school football coach had the constitutional right to pray after a football game.
Can a public school district celebrate religious holidays like Good Friday and Easter?
Are the witches mad that I one-upped them for Harry Potter? Time will tell….
Could Kennedy v. Bremerton School District significantly shift the First Amendment public/private balance in favor of employees?
A California court rules that Christmas trees are not religious per se, but troublesome allegations of systemic religious favoritism remain to be resolved.
Most of you probably think I am usually left-of-center in my discussion of First Amendment issues in public education, so today I will shift right-of-center and discuss the conflict between anti-discrimination/harassment policies and the First Amendment rights of students, particularly at the higher education levels. In the attached article, the Des Moines Register chronicles issues going on at three different public universities, where students on the right of the political spectrum claim that their universities have violated their First Amendment rights by enforcing anti-discrimination/harassment policies against them personally, or their organizations generally.
According to the article, “Iowa State University took ‘corrective action’ in August after a professor’s syllabus prohibited students from submitting material that opposed Black Lives Matter, gay marriage, abortion and other topics.” Students at the University of Northern Iowa complained that their…