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To: tpaine
The kind of coercion implicated by the Religion Clauses is that accomplished "by force of law and threat of penalty." Peer pressure, unpleasant as it may be, is not coercion.

A judge who actually gets it! This should be stated over and over and over again.

15 posted on 06/16/2004 8:57:05 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: kjam22
The kind of coercion implicated by the Religion Clauses is that accomplished "by force of law and threat of penalty." Peer pressure, unpleasant as it may be, is not coercion.

But rejection of Lee-style "coercion" does not suffice to settle this case.
Although children are not coerced to pledge their allegiance, they are legally coerced to attend school. Because what is at issue is a state action, the question becomes whether the Pledge policy implicates a religious liberty right protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.
Justice Thomas

A judge who actually gets it! This should be stated over and over and over again

See my post at #14, and Thomas's conclusion.

16 posted on 06/16/2004 9:20:19 AM PDT by tpaine (The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being" -- Solzhenitsyn)
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