THE SUPREME COURT: Loyalty Decision

In 1951, the Oklahoma legislature passed a law requiring all state employees to take a loyalty oath in which they had to pledge that they had not belonged—within five years of taking the oath—to any organization which the ILS. Attorney General called subversive or a Communist front. Seven teachers at Oklahoma A. & M. refused. When they were fired, they argued in court that this was a violation of the 14th Amendment, i.e., they had been deprived of property (their salaries) without "due process of law." Last week the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the teachers.

In previous cases, the...

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