Saturday, June 4, 2011

On June 4

On this day in ...
... 1985, by a vote of 6 to 3, the U.S. Supreme Court held unconstitutional a law allowing a minute each day for "for meditation or voluntary prayer" to be set aside by Alabama's public school teachers. (image credit) In his opinion for the Court in Wallace v. Jaffree, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote:
Just as the right to speak and the right to refrain from speaking are complementary components of a broader concept of individual freedom of mind, so also the individual's freedom to choose his own creed is the counterpart of his right to refrain from accepting the creed established by the majority.

(Prior June 4 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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