Just a game

February 8, 2013

  • 345 Schools
  • 345II Public Schools
  • 345II(L) Pupils
  • 345k165 k. Religious Instruction and Reading of Scriptures.

345 SchoolsSchool district’s permitting students to play, with parental permission, strategic, adventure-style, math-oriented, card game as part of extracurricular club did not violate free exercise clause of First Amendment; no reasonable person could regard sponsoring of game, which involved cards including graphic illustrations of zombies, goblins, a lost soul, elven riders, sorceress queen, a wraith, an imp, murk dwellers, vampires, a wall of human bones, a whirling dervish, a unicorn, a skull, Pegasus, a grizzly bear and some other cards which were entirely free from references to the supernatural, as a teaching of religion, and school district’s actions did not communicate a message of endorsement of the beliefs, if any, contained within the game.
Altman v. Bedford Cent. Sch. Dist., 45 F. Supp. 2d 368 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)
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