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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 49

Infringement of Conscience is Persecution

Infringement of Conscience is Persecution.

Judge Taft, in giving his opinion in the Superior Court of Cincinnati, in the case of Minor et al., vs. Board of Education of Cincinnati, expressed his judgment as follows: page 12

"We have this unequivocal evidence of the reality of their conscientious scruples, that, when they have paid the school tax, which is not a light one, they give up the privilege of sending their children, rather than that they should be educated in what they hold to be, and what, without the adoption of one or both of these resolutions, must be fairly held to be, Protestant schools. This is too large a circumstance to be covered up by the Latin phrase de minimis non curat lex, to which resort is sometimes had. These Catholics are constrained every year to yield to others their right to one-third of the school money, a sum of money averaging not less than $200,000, every year, on conscientious grounds. That is to say, these people are punished every year for believing as they do, to the extent of $200,000; and to that extent those of us who send our children to these excellent common schools become beneficiaries of the Catholic money. We pay for our privileges so much less than they actually cost."

I quote this distinguished authority to justify the exceedingly strong accusation made a moment ago.