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The State shouldn’t rule our souls

This month of October marks the 85th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Pierce v. Society of Sisters.
This was a landmark case in which the Society of Sisters, a Catholic order of nuns, sued the governor of the state of Oregon. Oregon had issued a law in 1922 stating that “every parent, guardian, or other person having control of a child between the ages of eight and sixteen years had to send him to the public school in the district where he resides.”
The effect of the law would have devastated all of Oregon’s private and ...

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