The Constitution: Room for Objections & Doubts

Few rulings ever handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court stirred more controversy than the 1962 and 1963 decisions banning religious observances in public schools. Beyond the questions of constitutional law lay deep emotions, and the court could have foreseen that its opinions would reverberate in public argument, that its decisions would echo through press and pulpit. It was to be expected that the court would strive to make its opinions as airtight as possible, both in law and logic. Instead, the opinions left room for many a doubt and reservation—by clergymen,...

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