Thursday, February 18, 2021

Cert Filed In Case On Curricular Treatment of Hinduism

A petition for certiorari (full text) was filed this week in the U.S. Supreme Court in California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials v. Torlakson,(cert. filed 2/16/2021). In the case,  the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a suit claiming that California's History-Social Science Standards and Framework incorrectly describe Hinduism and treat it negatively in relation to the treatment of other religions. (See prior posting.) The cert petition frames the question presented as:

Whether the Free Exercise Clause permits the government to single out a religion for disfavored treatment so long as it does not “substantially burden” religious exercise.

[Thanks to Glenn Katon for the lead.]