Religion: Atheists Snubbed

Justice Mitchell of the Supreme Court of New York sat in his courtroom and read a paper—an application for the forming of a corporation. When he had finished he announced:

"The application is denied, and instead of returning this application to Mr. Smith [the applicant] you [the Clerk of the Court] will have it filed in the County Clerk's office as a permanent record."

Justice Mitchell said afterwards to a reporter: "I consider incorporation of a society with such purposes highly improper."

The application said in part:

"The particular object for which this corporation is formed...

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