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Free Exercise Clause Supreme Court Cases
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Chronological list of cases
Animal Sacrifice
Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. Hialeah (1993)
Bigamy
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. United States (1890)
Davis v. Beason (1890)
Reynolds v. United States (1878)
Blue Laws
Braunfeld v. Brown (1961)
McGowan v. Maryland (1961)
Charitable Solicitation
Cantwell v. Connecticut (1940)
Douglas v. City of Jeannette (1943)
Follett v. Town of McCormick (1944)
Jamison v. State of Texas (1943)
Jones v. City of Opelika (1942) overruled by Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Largent v. Texas (1943)
Murdock v. Pennsylvania (1943)
Prince v. Massachusetts (1944)
Tucker v. Texas (1946)
United States v. Ballard (1944)
Child Labor
Prince v. Massachusetts (1944)
Church Property
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. United States (1890)
City of Boerne v. Flores (1997)
Civil Rights
Bob Jones University v. United States (1983)
Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. Amos (1987)
Douglas v. City of Jeannette (1943)
Estate of Thornton v. Caldor (1985)
College Organizations
Locke v. Davey (2004)
Compulsory Education
Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) overruled by West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)
Conscientious Objectors
Clay v. United States (1971)
Gillette v. United States (1971)
In re Summers (1945)
Johnson v. Robison (1974)
United States v. Seeger (1965)
Welsh v. United States (1970)
Direct/Indirect Burdens
Sherbert v. Verner (1963)
Thomas v. Review Board (1981)
Distribution of Religious Literature
Cantwell v. Connecticut (1940)
Douglas v. City of Jeannette (1943)
Follett v. Town of McCormick (1944)
Jimmy Swaggart Ministries v. Board of Equal. (1990)
Jones v. City of Opelika (1942) overruled by Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Largent v. Texas (1943)
Murdock v. Pennsylvania (1943)
Prince v. Massachusetts (1944)
Tucker v. Texas (1946)
United States v. Ballard (1944)
Employment Discrimination
Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. Amos (1987)
Employment Division v. Smith (1988)
Frazee v. Illinois Dept. of Employment Security (1989)
Hobbie v. Unemployment Commission (1987)
Thomas v. Review Board (1981)
Torcaso v. Watkins (1961)
Flag Salute
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Government Benefits
Bowen v. Roy (1986)
Employment Division v. Smith (1988)
Employment Division v. Smith (II) (1990)
Johnson v. Robison (1974)
Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association (1988)
Handbills/Leaflets/Pamphlets
Cantwell v. Connecticut (1940)
Douglas v. City of Jeannette (1943)
Jamison v. State of Texas (1943)
Jones v. City of Opelika (1942) overruled by Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Murdock v. Pennsylvania (1943)
Prince v. Massachusetts (1944)
Jehovah Witnesses
Cantwell v. Connecticut (1940)
Douglas v. City of Jeannette (1943)
Follett v. Town of McCormick (1944)
Jones v. City of Opelika (1942) overruled by Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Largent v. Texas (1943)
Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) overruled by West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Murdock v. Pennsylvania (1943)
Poulos v. New Hampshire (1953)
Prince v. Massachusetts (1944)
Thomas v. Review Board (1981)
Tucker v. Texas (1946)
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Labor
Lyng v. International Union, UAW (1988)
NLRB v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago (1979)
Tony & Susan Alamo Foundation v. Secretary of Labor (1985)
Licenses to Conduct Religious Ceremonies
Poulos v. New Hampshire (1953)
Licenses/Permits for Sale of Religious Literature
Douglas v. City of Jeannette (1943)
Follett v. Town of McCormick (1944)
Jones v. City of Opelika (1942) overruled by Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Largent v. Texas (1943)
Murdock v. Pennsylvania (1943)
Mail Fraud
United States v. Ballard (1944)
Military
Clay v. United States (1971)
Gillette v. United States (1971)
Goldman v. Weinberger (1986)
United States v. Seeger (1965)
Welsh v. United States (1970)
Non-Discrimination
Bob Jones University v. United States (1983)
Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) overruled by West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Oaths (public office)
Torcaso v. Watkins (1961)
Overruled Cases
Jones v. City of Opelika (1942) overruled by Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) overruled by West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Parent/Guardian Rights
Prince v. Massachusetts (1944)
Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)
Pledge of Allegiance
Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) overruled by West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Polygamy
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. United States (1890)
Davis v. Beason (1890)
Reynolds v. United States (1878)
Preferred Position
Follett v. Town of McCormick (1944)
Poulos v. New Hampshire (1953)
Prince v. Massachusetts (1944)
Prisoners’ Rights
Cruz v. Beto (1972)
O'Lone v. Shabazz (1987)
Public Colleges
Widmar v. Vincent (1981)
Public Office
McDaniel v. Paty (1978)
Public Schools
Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) overruled by West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)
Freedom of Religion
Board of Education v. Allen (1968)
Religious Discrimination
Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. Amos (1987)
Religious Drug Use
Employment Division v. Smith (1988)
Employment Division v. Smith (II) (1990)
Religious Fraud
United States v. Ballard (1944)
Religious Garb
Goldman v. Weinberger (1986)
Religious Schools
NLRB v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago (1979)
Religious Tests
McDaniel v. Paty (1978)
Torcaso v. Watkins (1961)
Ritual Sacrifices (of animals)
Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. Hialeah (1993)
Sabbath Day
Braunfeld v. Brown (1961)
Estate of Thornton v. Caldor (1985)
Frazee v. Illinois Dept. of Employment Security (1989)
Hobbie v. Unemployment Commission (1987)
McGowan v. Maryland (1961)
Sherbert v. Verner (1963)
Sacred Sites
Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association (1988)
Schools
Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) overruled by West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
NLRB v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago (1979)
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)
Social Security Number Requirement
Bowen v. Roy (1986)
Social Security Taxes
United States v. Lee (1982)
Standing
Jones v. City of Opelika (1942) overruled by Jones v. City of Opelika (II) (1943)
McGowan v. Maryland (1961)
Welsh v. United States (1970)
Taxation and Tax Exemption
Bob Jones University v. United States (1983)
Jimmy Swaggart Ministries v. Board of Equal. (1990)
United States v. Lee (1982)
Unemployment Compensation
Employment Division v. Smith (1988)
Employment Division v. Smith (II) (1990)
Frazee v. Illinois Dept. of Employment Security (1989)
Hobbie v. Unemployment Commission (1987)
Sherbert v. Verner (1963)
Thomas v. Review Board (1981)
Universities
Bob Jones University v. United States (1983)
Widmar v. Vincent (1981)
University Facilities
Widmar v. Vincent (1981)
Vouchers
Locke v. Davey (2004)
Welfare
Bowen v. Roy (1986)
Lyng v. International Union, UAW (1988)
Zoning Laws
City of Boerne v. Flores (1997)
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