Another Chink in the Armor of Legal Discrimination against Religious Schools
While Dobbs has rightly captured the nation’s attention and will surely continue to do so for many years ahead, another case from this term also warrants celebration. Carson v. Makin is a monumental victory for religious liberty that promises to have immense impact on education policy in the United States.
The story of this case begins, in a sense, almost 170 years ago. In 1853, Father John Bapst, S.J., the pastor of a parish in Ellsworth, Maine, directed public school students in his parish to stop reciting from the King James Bible at school. Such recitations were a commonplace requirement in public schools at the time. Fr. Bapst had previously sought, unsuccessfully, to secure an exemption for Catholic students.
Nicole Stelle Garnett is the John P. Murphy Foundation professor of law at University of Notre Dame and an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
This piece originally appeared in Public Discourse