American Legion v. American Humanist Association

Case Name: The American Legion, et al., v. American Humanist Association, et al.

Type of Case: Religious Liberty

Court: United States Supreme Court

Case Number: 17-1717; 18-18

Filed On: June 25, 2018

Current Status: Pending decision, oral argument held February 27, 2019

Cases applying the Establishment Clause to public displays of religious monuments are notoriously tangled and inconsistent.  No clear test for such challenges has emerged, and courts attempting to apply the existing tests come to vastly disparate results, demonstrating that as a practical matter, judges can just rule for displays they like and against displays they don’t.

This case presented an opportunity for the U.S. Supreme Court to establish a simple test and return to the original intent of the Establishment Clause – prohibiting the direct establishment of an official government religion or the compulsion of religious observation.  We filed an amicus brief urging the Court to do so.  Oral argument was held on February 27, 2019.

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