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Breaking through Blaine's roadblock

"Breaking through Blaine's roadblock" Continued...

Issue: "Ghost busting," Aug. 24, 2002

And perhaps Justice Clarence Thomas will write the majority decision, for he has forcefully noted that "nothing in the establishment clause requires the exclusion of pervasively sectarian schools from otherwise permissible aid programs." Joined by Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy in Mitchell vs. Helms (2000), Mr. Thomas referred to the Blaine Amendments by noting, "Hostility to aid to pervasively sectarian schools has a shameful pedigree that we do not hesitate to disavow." He emphasized that "this doctrine, born of bigotry, should be buried now."

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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