|•||In 1940, the Supreme Court asserted its authority to intervene in state and local decisions involving religion in Cantwell v. Connecticut, in which it applied the First Amendment's "establishment clause" to the states by the "incorporation doctrine." The Fourteenth Amendment forbids the states to "deny ... the equal protection of the laws," but the Court applied to the states the Bill of Rights, originally intended by the First Congress to be so many limits on the power of the national government, because, as Justice Roberts wrote for the unanimous court, "The|
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Publication information: Book title: The Devil Knows Latin:Why America Needs the Classical Tradition. Contributors: E. Christian Kopff - Author. Publisher: ISI Books. Place of publication: Wilmington, DE. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 55.