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Rosenberger v. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia

In Rosenberger v. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia (1995), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the actions of university officials in denying funding to help pay for the publishing costs of Wide Awake: A Christian Perspective at the University of Virginia constituted viewpoint discrimination in violation of the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. In light of the significance of Rosenberger with regard to the treatment of religious speech as a subset of free speech, this entry examines its background and judicial analyses.

Facts of the Case

The Student Activities Fund at the University of Virginia was built from mandatory student fees and was designed to support a variety of extracurricular student activities. Any organization that wished to receive funds had to become ...

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