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SCOTUS Erodes 1st Amendment by Allowing Public Money to Go to Religious Schools

The Bill of Rights begins with this first sentence of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The first phrase is known as the Establishment Clause and the second as the Free Exercise Clause. For centuries, when these two clauses were in conflict, […]

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NY Court: Low Level Sex Offenders Can Live Near Schools

The Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, ruled yesterday that Nassau County and other localities don’t have the authority to restrict where convicted sex offenders can live. The Court voted 5-0 to strike down a 2006 Nassau County law that banned convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school; the Court […]