Dale Crowley, Jr., et al., Plaintiffs, v. Smithsonian Institution et al., Defendants

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Plaintiff brought action alleging that the Smithsonian's exhibitions on subject of evolution violated government's role of religious neutrality in violation of the First Amendment. Court ruled that since the Smithsonian does not treat evolution as part of a religion, "secular humanism" or otherwise, its exhibitions on evolution did not violate the First Amendment. Court entered summary judgment for the defendants.


  • Crowley, Dale, Jr
  • Parker, Barrington D
  • United States Constitution 1st Amendment
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 462 F. Supp. 725 (1978)
  • Court case


For "religious secularism" see, School District of Abington Township v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203, 225, 83 S.Ct. 1560, 10 L.Ed.2d 844 (1963); See, Tilton v. Richardson, 403 U.S. 672, 678, 91 S.Ct. 2091, 2095, 29 L.Ed.2d 790 (1971);

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462 Federal Supplement 725 (1978) (Book)

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  • 1979
  • 12/11/1978


  • Actions and defenses
  • Evolution
  • Exhibitions
  • Law and biology
  • Science and law
  • Freedom of speech


Court case

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Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 725-728

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