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Valley Forge Christian College v. Americans United for Separation of Church and State
United States Supreme Court
454 U.S. 464 (1982)
A federal law allowed the government to give surplus property to tax-exempt educational nonprofits for the value of its benefit to the public. For free, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare gave a hospital to the Valley Forge Christian College (defendant), a college devoted to training students for ministry or religious service. A citizens’ group called Americans United for Separation of Church and State (plaintiff) brought a federal lawsuit challenging the donation.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)
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