Legislators request Lautenschlager’s opinion in Eau Claire controversy

November 17, 2005

Twenty-five Wisconsin legislators sent a letter to Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager Wednesday, asking her legal opinion on a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire policy, which they feel may be unconstitutional.

The policy, which first made headlines earlier this month, prohibits resident assistants from leading Bible studies in their residence halls.

“Consultations with the Legislature’s top attorneys indicate that this policy may conflict with the ‘free exercise of religion clause’ of the First Amendment,” the letter reads. “We are concerned the Bible ban puts the UW System in a precarious position with the U.S. Constitution...

Schools: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University of Wisconsin – Madison Cases: University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire: Ban on RAs’ Leading Bible Studies