ADL DISAPPOINTED WITH COURT'S UVA PUBLICATION DECISION
New York, NY, June 29, 1995...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed
disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Rosenberger
v. Rector, requiring the University of Virginia (UVA) to subsidize a
student-run religious publication.
"We believe that the University, as a governmental body, should have
been constitutionally prohibited from funding any propagation of religious
speech," said Robert G. Sugarman, Chair of ADL National Civil Rights
Committee. "At its most basic level, the Establishment Clause prohibits
public funds from being used to promote religious doctrine, and the magazine
in this case was founded to promote `biblical Christianity.'
"It is both ironic and unfortunate that this decision involved the
University of Virginia, since two of our nation's Founding Fathers who helped
establish the historic separation of church and state had historical links
to UVA -- Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison," Sugarman
"However, we are pleased that the Court restated its longstanding position
that special dangers exist where the government makes direct payments to
religious organizations," he said.
ADL had joined other groups in filing an amicus curiae brief in the case
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