Thursday, May 15, 2008

Anti-Catholic bigotry in Oklahoma's state constitution

Today's Washington Post reports that Florida voters will decide this fall whether to repeal that state's Blaine Amendment.
At stake is the Blaine Amendment, a type of law enacted in states about a century ago as an attempt by the country's Protestant majority to block government support for Catholic schools. The Blaine laws have long kept religious schools and, in some states such as Florida, many programs run by religiously affiliated organizations, away from the public coffers.

Unfortunately, this anti-Catholic bigotry is also written into Oklahoma's constitution. Until it is removed, school-choice proponents in Oklahoma would be well advised to continue going the tax-credit route.

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