religiously-motivated political strife
nebraskalawprof at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 3 20:00:07 PDT 2005
Of course, in recent times much religious strife is caused by excluding religious people from equal access to the public square and from equal participation in the benefits of the welfare state. Locke v. Davey, for example, strikes me as a case in which Washington's rigid separationism caused religious people such as Joshua Davey to feel unwelcome and stigmatized second class citizens.
For every person who feels upset when religious folks get their fair share of public benefits, there is another who feels upset and disrespected when religious folks are denied their fair slice of the benefit pie.I don't think religious strife gets us very far in deciding EC issues today, and to the extent it is relevant, it may be to counsel in favor of permitting and or requiring equal access, equal scholarships and educational benefits, etc.
Welpton Professor of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902
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