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Thomas v. Review Board 450 U.S. 707 (1981) Facts: Eddie Thomas, a Jehovah’s Witness, was transferred to a job which required he  manufactured parts used on turret guns. Thomas objected to making these parts and was fired. Thomas  claimed making war weapons was against his religion. Thomas filed for unemployment funds and was  denied these funds. Thomas appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court. The Indiana Supreme Court  upheld the decision to deny these funds. The Court claimed Thomas quit voluntarily because of his  intentional refusal to make the parts. Thomas appealed to the Supreme Court. Issue: Was the denial of unemployment finances by the Indiana Supreme Court a violation to  Thomas’ right of free religion? If one refused work in the future, citing religion as the cause, should 
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Unformatted text preview: they be allowed unemployment finance. Holding: Reversed. The Supreme Court felt that denial of the funds was a violation to his right of religion. Reasoning: It appeared the Indiana court denied the funds because it felt Thomas was not interpreting his religion correctly and because he seemed unsure and unknowledgeable of the religion. The Supreme Court found this extreme and overturned the Indiana Court. The Supreme Court addressed that there was tension between the two principles in the Religion Clause, these two principles being non-establishment and free exercise of religion. The Court determined that Thomas refused work fairly, as it was forbidden by his religion....
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