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• The United States Supreme Court ruled that a Texas law exempting religious periodicals from state sales tax violated the first amendment's "nonestablishment of religion" clause. From 1984 until 1987, Texas law imposed a sales tax upon all periodicals except those "published or distributed by a religious faith and that consist wholly of writings sacred to a religious faith." This law was challenged by a secular publisher, and the United States Supreme Court agreed that the Texas law violated the first amendment. The Court's ruling is significant, since it probed the meaning of the first amendment's language prohibiting the establishment of a religion. The Court noted that the first amendment nonestablishment of religion clause "prohibits, at the very least, legislation that constitutes an endorsement of one or another set of religious beliefs or of religion generally." It observed ...

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  • November 1, 1989

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