Let’s be Supreme Court Judges (Justices)- This is a real case that went before the
US Supreme Court. Today you are going to decide what the ruling should be.
Then we will find out if you made the correct decision.
Freedom of Religion
Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961)
The state of Maryland had a law saying that everyone who wanted a
job in the state government had to swear that he or she believed in God.
A man named Torcaso applied for a job as a government official.
He was denied the job because he would not say that he believed in God.
Mr. Torcaso said that the Maryland law was unconstitutional because it limited his
freedom of religion.
He said that freedom of religion meant the freedom to believe in God or
not to believe in God, as a person wishes
Post your response to the Supreme Court case. Explain what do you think the Supreme Court decided? Why?