The Court & religion

Divining the 'Davey' case

In 1999, Joshua Davey, a resident of Washington, received an academic scholarship from the state for $1,125. He used it to attend Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington, a college and seminary operated by the Assemblies of God. When he decided to major in theology, however, the state withdrew the award.

Davey sued in federal court, and eventually the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, reinstated his scholarship....

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Robert F. Drinan, SJ, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 1981 as a representative from Massachusetts. He was professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center until his death in 2007.