Discrimination Against Wiccans; Simpson v. Chesterfield County
sjamar at law.howard.edu
Fri Apr 15 08:29:56 PDT 2005
There is a meanginful difference between discriminating against one
religion among many religious contenders and discriminating against all
religions to avoid establishment.
The validity of seeing the two cases as distinct does not resolve how
either should be resolved.
Nonetheless, like Marty, I find the individual discrimination easier to
say is a violation than the exclusion of a whole class of entities in
this situation. No prayer at all v. excluding some as unworthy seems
easy to me.
On Friday, April 15, 2005, at 10:13 AM, Marty Lederman wrote:
> My positions in the two cases are not in the slightest bit
> inconsistent. But don't take my word for it: My principal posts on
> the Child Evangelism case are set out below (truncated so as to come
> within the space limits), and they continue to reflect my views on the
> Free Speech Clause question presented there. Suffice it to say that
> if my school district permitted virtually all religious flyers to be
> included in childrens' backpacks other than those of the Wiccans, I
> would think that the Wiccans would have a fairly airtight
> constitutional claim, notwithstanding that I might think the
> underlying policy (allowing religious flyers at all) was
> constitutionally dubious (just as I think Marsh is fairly
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