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Constitutional Law

2013

First Amendment

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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(Dis)Owning Religious Speech, B. Jessie Hill Jan 2013

(Dis)Owning Religious Speech, B. Jessie Hill

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To claims of a right to equal citizenship, one of the primary responses has long been to assert the right of private property. It is therefore troubling that, in two recent cases involving public displays of religious symbolism, the Supreme Court embraced property law and rhetoric when faced with the claims of minority religious speakers for inclusion and equality.

The first, Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, is a free speech case in which the defendant evaded a finding that it was discriminating against the plaintiff’s religious speech by claiming a government speech defense. In the process, it claimed as ...