July 07, 2006

The K.K.K. convinced the voters of Oregon to outlaw Catholic schools

The Ku Klux Klan backed the election of Oregon’s Governor Pierce in 1922. Pierce then campaigned in support of the Klan’s Compulsory Education Act, which would have outlawed all private schools for children, but was primarily aimed at Catholic schools. The majority of Oregon approved the Act. It was to go into effect on September 1, 1926.

A Catholic religious order running a school in Oregon, the Society of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, sued and won their case before a three-judge panel of the Oregon District Court, which granted an injunction against the Act. The defendants appealed their case directly to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court heard the case on March 16 and 17, 1925, and deliberated for about two and a half months before issuing their decision, “Pierce vs. Society of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary”, on June 1, 1925, in favor of the Catholic cause.

This landmark decision is a cornerstone of parental legal rights in the U.S.A. today.

One of my regular visitors called my attention to this bit of history.

A more detailed telling of this history?
Click HERE for it.

1 Comments:

Blogger Scott said...

Father, if you have a chance, take a look at Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade, both of which rely on Pierce as precedent (tragically and erroneously, in my opinion).

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