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Test Revealing Ignorance About Religion Also Reveals Ignorance About the Constitution

A few years ago, attending my son’s elementary school’s December “Holiday Concert,” I was surprised to examine the program and find no recognizable titles. The “holiday” reference was to, well, whatever holiday you might be celebrating at that time of year: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, or something else, though you would have to keep the specifics […]

Our “Inconvenient” Constitution

Addressing the controversy over the Koran-burning Florida preacher, a story syndicated by USA Today a couple of weeks ago bemoaned our “inconvenient Constitution.” At first, I thought that merely an unfortunate phrase – something akin to “annoying laws” or “bothersome principles” – but was surprised when I did a Google search that resulted in thousands […]

The Constitution in “Quotes”

“They always say that I must abide by laws and constitutions…I know what is in laws and in constitutions, but what we have here in Egypt is neither laws nor constitution.” Mohammed ElBaradei, the Nobel laureate, on the political situation in his homeland where 82 year old President Hosni Mubarak, who has been president since […]

The Vexing Issues of Texting and "Sexting" in Public Schools

As a writer and reporter on the subject of educational reform, I am struck by the number of new constitutional issues arising these days in the public schools. My introduction to this came at the PJP conference this past February when I participated in the workshop run by Vic Walczak on a case involving the […]