Pledge of Allegiance Ruled Unconstitutional / Vouchers


Guests:

Claudio Sanchez
* NPR Education Correspondent

Akhil Amar
* Constitutional Law Professor, Yale University Law School

Senator Robert Smith
* Republican Senator from New Hampsire
* Member, Senate Armed Services Committee

Douglas Brinkley
* Professor of History, and Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies, University of New Orleans

Jeffrey Rosen
* Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University
* Legal Affairs Editor, The New Republic

Wednesday, a federal appellate court ruled the "Pledge of Allegiance" in public schools is unconstitutional, because the phrase "under God," is an endorsement of religion. Today, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled public money can be used to send disadvantaged students to religious schools. Both these decisions have raised questions about the separation of church and state? What do you think is the role of religion in public life?

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