The Law: Thought for This Week

After a three-judge federal court ruled that compulsory chapel at U.S. military academies violated the ban on governmental support of religion, the Justice Department decided to appeal. Last week, urging the Supreme Court to hear the issue, U.S. Solicitor General Erwin Griswold argued that all prospective officers "are required to gain an appreciation of our moral and religious heritage." This does not violate the Constitution, he explained, because "no cadet or midshipman is required to believe what he hears."


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