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Freedom of Religion - Part 1

• Two federal appeals courts addressed the issue of the right of Christian student groups to meet on public high school campuses for Bible study and prayer prior to the start of the school day. One court concluded that such groups have a legal right to meet on public school property, and the other court ruled that they do not. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit (which includes the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota) concluded that Christian student groups have a legal right to meet on a public high school campus for Bible study and prayer prior to the start of the school day. The group in question (comprised of students at a Nebraska public high school) had argued that their school's refusal to allow them to meet on school property violated the constitutional guaranty of religious freedom and the federal "Equal Access ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • September 1, 1989

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