Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. v. The County of Lehigh (USCA 3rd Circuit, 2018)

Separation of Church & State
Separation of Church & State

At issue in this case is the constitutionality of a county seal that prominently displays the Latin cross. Although a lower court ruled that the seal violates the Establishment Clause to the First Amendment, a substantial portion of its opinion questioned settled U.S. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals precedent, based on inaccurate descriptions of the history, purpose, and fundamental objectives of the First Amendment. ADL joined an amicus brief filed by a diverse group of religious and civil rights organizations. In addition to explaining why the seal patently violates the Establishment Clause, the brief provides an in depth discussion on how and why the drafters of the First Amendment effected a separation of government and religion as the means to ensure enduring religious freedom, which in light of our nation becoming increasingly pluralistic is more crucial than ever.