New Hampshire’s constitution has an amendment which mandates that “no money raised by taxation shall ever be granted or applied for the use of the schools or institutions of any religious sect or denomination.”
On the surface, this looks like an affirmation of the First Amendment principle that the government shouldn’t fund religion. However, its history shows its roots in religious bigotry, and and the courts’ interpretation of it has stood in the way of school choice.
Amendments like this are found in many state constitutions. They’re collectively known as “Blaine Amendments,” after James G. Blaine, a prominent 19th-century politician. New Hampshire added its version to the constitution in 1877.
LPSeacoast Annual Convention Minutes - 3/24/2017
People present: Darryl Perry, Chip Spangler, AJ, Heather Boyle
Members Present: Max Abramson, Tania Butler, Zachary Dumont, Nicole Gruet-Matthews, Jilletta Jarvis, James Jarvis, Brendan Kelly, Christian Matthews, Brandon Phinney.
Executive Committee Present: Brian McQuade, Brian Shields, Forrest Osterman, Nicholas Boyle, Gary McGath.
King George III had banned the export of powder and arms to the American colonists. Paul Revere went riding to warn the local people. A crowd gathered, fearing Redcoat troops would soon be coming. Taking up arms, they faced the king’s men in the first armed uprising of the American Revolution and won. They captured Fort William and Mary in New Castle and seized its stores.
Wait ... New Castle? New Castle, New Hampshire?