More than fifty years ago, John Courtney Murray, S.J., commented of the United States Supreme Court’s church-and-state jurisprudence that "the First Amendment has been stood on its head." "In that position," he observed, "it cannot but gurgle juridical nonsense." This was, and remained, a fair assessment. But the Court’s recent school-voucher decision provides reason to hope that things are improving.
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