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Supreme Court of the United States

Culbertson v. Oakridge School District

Last Updated: 5/29/2020

Overview

What's at stake

  • The right of religious organizations to have equal access to government programs and facilities
  • Religious student groups being discriminated against based upon their religious expression

Summary

An Oregon school district that allowed student groups to use school facilities without cost, denied access to the Good News Club, an after-school Bible club for students, for its after-school meetings. The school district also prohibited the students from passing out literature about the Club to their friends. Good News Club filed a lawsuit arguing that the denial of use of the facilities was unconstitutional.   The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that there was no Establishment Clause violation in allowing the after-school meeting of Good News Club and upheld the lower court's determination that the denial of access constituted a violation of the First Amendment rights of Good News Club.

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Alliance Defending Freedom provided funding to support the legal team defending the student group. 

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