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Fourteenth Amendment

  • Originally published 09/18/2013

    The Father of the 14th Amendment

    Gerard N. Magliocca

    In September 1863, John Bingham was at the lowest point of his career. But soon he would become the father of the Fourteenth Amendment.

  • Originally published 04/03/2013

    State religion in NC?

    Raleigh, N.C. — A bill filed by Republican lawmakers would allow North Carolina to declare an official religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Bill of Rights, and seeks to nullify any federal ruling against Christian prayer by public bodies statewide.The bill grew out of a federal lawsuit filed last month by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Rowan County Board of Commissioners. In the lawsuit, the ACLU says the board has opened 97 percent of its meetings since 2007 with explicitly Christian prayers.Overtly Christian prayers at government meetings are not rare in North Carolina. Since the Republican takeover in 2011, the state Senate chaplain has offered an explicitly Christian invocation virtually every day of session, despite the fact that some senators are not Christian....