Obiter Dicta: Religion in the Schools

For all those people who have been sincerely disturbed by Supreme Court decisions forbidding the recitation of state-prescribed prayers in public schools, Harvard's famed constitutional law professor, Paul Freund, had some reassuring words last week. Not that Freund disagreed with the court. It is hard to see how it could have ruled any other way, he said in a lecture at Harvard's School of Education. But the decisions, he insisted, "are more important for the doors they leave open than for those they shut."

Religion, Freund reminded his audience, "is unquestionably a part of our cultural tradition. A number...

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