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In recent years it has become fashionable to attack the Supreme Court as "going to far" with respect to religion and the public schools. We believe that much of this criticism is grounded in a misunderstanding of the law. As we demonstrate elsewhere, for example, leaders of the religious right are simply incorrect when they argue that the Supreme Court has made it illegal to pray in school. Similarly, the right mischaracterizes the law when they claim that the Supreme Court has made the public schools a "religion-free zone," or "kicked God out of the public schools."

To help clarify what the law actually says, we present here a detailed table of cases dealing with the Establishment Clause and the public schools. The table was prepared by Susan Batte, a practicing lawyer and President of the Virginia Beach Chapter of American's United for Separation of Church and State. Read through this table to get a better understanding of just what the Supreme Court has ruled about separation and the public schools, and why.

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