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Texas Monthly, Inc. v. Bullock (docket #: 87-1245) (1989)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 11/01/1988
Decided 2/21/1989
Supreme Court Vote 4-2-3
Supreme Court Ruling Establishment Clause claim upheld.
 
IssueWhether an exclusive tax exemption for religious periodicals promoted religion in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Majority Opinion Brennan, J. (joined by Marshall, J., Stevens, J., & White, J.)
Concurring Opinion White, J., & Blackmun, J.
Dissenting Opinion Scalia, J. (joined by Rehnquist, C.J., & Kennedy, J.)
Lower Court District Court for the District of Columbia (3-judge court)
Lower Court Ruling Establishment Clause claim denied
Oral Arguments Audio (Oyez)  [Oyez]
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Harriet D. Burke

For Respondent
Roger J. George, Jr.

Briefs
For Amicus
Eli D. Minton and James R. Cregan for the Magazine Publishers of America, Inc. (for petitioner)

James C. Harrington, Steven R. Shapiro, and John A. Powell for the American Civil Liberties Union (for petitioner)

Maxwell J. Lillienstein for the American Booksellers' Association, Inc. (for petitioner)

News Stories & Commentary
Hentoff, Nat, "Vouchers: A Way to Subsidize Religion," The Washington Post, July 11, 1998, Sect. A, p. 19
News
Kamen, Al, "Tax Break for Religious Books Voided," The Washington Post, Feb. 22, 1989, Sect. A, p. 1
Other
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.)(2006), pp. 1226-1228
Gey, Steven G., RELIGION AND THE STATE (2nd Ed.)(2006), pp. 517-532
Stone, Seidman, Sunstein, Tushnet, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.)(1996), pp. 618-619
Commentary
McDermott, Andrea K., "Reasoned Decision-Making or Just Another Bum Steer For Religion? Texas Monthly, Inc. v. Bullock," 43 Tax Law. 413 (Winter 1990)
Books
Witte, John, Jr., RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERIMENT (2000), p. 158
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