Burying in pigskin
robertmw at MINDSPRING.COM
Sat Nov 2 07:19:47 PST 2002
At 10:30 PM 11/1/02 -0800, Volokh, Eugene wrote:
> The curious thing here is that to the majority, and to those in
> government, burial in pigskin does not have religious significance (as
> opposed to, say, putting up the Ten Commandments or saying school
> prayers, which is largely done precisely because those in power see those
> acts as having religious significance). It's neither sacred nor
> sacrilegious to them. They are simply trying to use what they know to be
> the religious sentiments of others, in order to try to prevent "the
> secular aspect" of future crimes by those others. Does that make a difference?
Isn't this the same kind of argument in the prisoner/probationer AA/NA
12-step programs that have been challenged successfully in the last few
years? That is, requiring attendance in a 12-step program as a condition of
probation or early parole has a decidedly secular purpose (addressing
drug/alcohol abuse which leads to various crimes), but when the means to
achieve it has sectarian or religion-based overtones it violates the EC?
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