Valley Forge College v. Americans United - Significance, Taxpayer Standing, Right To Sue, Impact
Valley Forge Christian College
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Inc., et al.
That donation of a surplus federal facility to a private sectarian college did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
C. Clark Hodgson, Jr.
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Justices for the Court
Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Byron R. White
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
12 January 1982
Reversed a court of appeals finding that citizens can sue the government for spending public monies on religious institutions by claiming violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.
- Frothingham v. Mellow, 262 U.S. 447 (1923).
- Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1 (1947).
- Flast v. Cohen, 392 U.S. 83 (1968).
- National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, U.S. 97=371 (1998).
- "The Art of Avoidance: Supreme Court Puts on a Good Show, But It May Opt to Not Rule on Merits of a First Amendment Case Involving the NEA," Casper Star-Tribune, April 12, 1998.
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