As he so often does, Steve Chapman looks beyond the superficial inconsistencies of the court rulings on vouchers and the Pledge of Allegiance to see an underlying logic. He writes:
The two courts were not only both right but were acting on behalf of the same sound constitutional principle.The principle can be summed up in two words: official neutrality. It stipulates that in dealing with religion, the government should be neither ally nor adversary. The 1st Amendment not only protects freedom of religion but forbids government support of religion.
How can we bar public schools from encouraging students to pay homage to God while allowing public money to go to schools whose whole purpose is to pay homage to God? By leaving decisions involving faith to individual conscience. A crazy idea, but it just might work.
Next up, Chapman tries to explain how allowing schools to drug-test marching band members fits into the picture.