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Court Cases on the 1st Amendment
1st amendment- religion
Ronald Rosenberger (uva student) asked the University for $5,800 from the student activity fund to help pay for the publishing cost of Wide Awake: A Christian Perspective at the UVA. UVA refused to give the money to support the publication because it endorsed a particular belief about an ultimate reality, as prohibited by University guidelines. Did the University of Virginia violate the First Amendment rights of its Christian magazine staff by denying them the same funding resources that it made available to secular student-run magazines? Yes, in a 5-4 decision. The Court ruled that Uva's denial of funding to Rosenberger was an act of discrimination. The Court noted that the University's publication policy to be neutral toward religion and not in breach of the establishment clause. The Court ruled that the University could not stop funding of religious speech and continue an atheistic perspective. In conclusion, the University had to give financial support to a student religious publication on the same basis as other student publications.
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