Religion: Blanshard Over Vermont

Six years ago the Supreme Court tossed a judicial bomb into many a U.S. schoolroom when it decided that it was unconstitutional for James Terry McCollum and his classmates in Champaign, Ill. to be exposed to religious instruction on public-school property (TIME, March 22, 1948). But the individualists of Vermont would not let some Washington lawyers tell them how to educate their children; the state board of education issued a routine notice of the decision, and nobody paid much attention.

To one Vermonter-by-adoption, a church-state issue, however small, is like a hot scent to a coon hound. When Lawyer Paul Blanshard—whose bestselling...

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