Weiss v. the District Board

Pictured: the Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1893. In the center is Chief Justice William P. Lyon, who wrote the main decision. Other justices present include H.S. Orton and J.B. Cassoday, who wrote strong concurring opinions. Also pictured are D.B. Winslow and an unidentified justice. The featured quote is taken from Orton\'s especially compelling concurring opinion. Reproduction courtesy of the Iconographic Collection, State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Pictured: the Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1893. In the center is Chief Justice William P. Lyon, who wrote the main decision. Other justices present include H.S. Orton and J.B. Cassoday, who wrote strong concurring opinions. Also pictured are D.B. Winslow and an unidentified justice. The featured quote is taken from Orton\'s especially compelling concurring opinion. Reproduction courtesy of the Iconographic Collection, State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

“There is no such source and cause of strife, quarrel, fights, malignant opposition, persecution, and war, and all evil in the state as religion. Let it once enter our civil affairs, our government would soon be destroyed. Let it once enter our common schools, they would be destroyed . . . Those who made our Constitution saw this, and used the most apt and comprehensive language in it to prevent such a catastrophe.”

—Justice H.S. Orton of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, concurring opinion in Weiss v. the District Board, decided on March 18, 1890, ruling bible readings and devotionals in public schools unconstitutional

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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