United States Seventh Circuit

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Badger Catholic, Inc. v. Walsh, 09-1102

In a Catholic student group's 42 U.S.C. section 1983 suit against University of Wisconsin for refusing to reimburse any of the group's expenses, district court's declaratory judgment in favor of plaintiff in concluding that reimbursing the expenses of religious speakers, through a program equally available to secular speakers, does not violate the Establishment Clause, and that, having established a public forum, the University must not exclude speakers who want to use the forum for worship, is affirmed as underwriting a religious speaker's costs, as part of a neutral program justified by the program's secular benefits, does not violate the Establishment Clause even if the religious speaker uses some of the money for prayer or sectarian instruction.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 10/27/2009
  • Submitted 09/01/2010
  • Decided 09/01/2010
  • Published 09/01/2010


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