The Supreme Court, Globalization, and the Teaching of Religion

Public figures talk about globalization as if it were the Rapture.  We are told that, unlike Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus, we live in an era of international trade; so these days, we must worry more about what the world thinks and does.  As Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told the Southern Center for International Studies, “No institution of government can afford any longer to ignore the rest of the world.  One-third of our gross domestic product is internationally derived.”

Along the same lines, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in an address to the American Society of International Law: “Yes, we should approach foreign legal materials with sensitivity to our differences and deficiencies, but those differences and deficiencies, I believe, should not lead us to abandon the effort to learn what we can from the experience and good thinking foreign sources may convey.”

Justices Stevens, Breyer, Souter, and Kennedy have signaled their agreement.  Indeed, in 1988, scholar Anthony Lester, writing in the Columbia Law Review, spoke of the then-emerging globalist court as “giving fresh meaning to the principles of the Bill of Rights.”

With the predisposition of these justices to learn from foreigners, shouldn’t they take a second look at the judicial prohibition against religion in our schools?  Currently, the very presence of a Bible...

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