Gov. Branstad's issued a formal proclamation instructing Iowans to pray and read their Bibles as the one true word was a clear violation of the separation of church and state, with our state's top official endorsing a particular religion. We spoke out against his action.
After another report of a school district that held a student assembly with overt religious messages, including homophobic content, we sent out an advisory to school officials on how to avoid such assemblies and to keep government-run schools free of religious proselytizing.
In 2002, we successfully represented two Dunlap, Iowa, high school students who did not believe in God but were required to sing The Lord's Prayer. It was part of a long history of our representing Iowa students who opposed prayers at graduation and other official school events. Find out more.
We defended the First Amendment Rights of two Des Moines High school students who were wearing anti-abortion T-shirts at their school. Find out more.