Pop Quiz: Justice O'Connor and the Religion Clauses
marty.lederman at comcast.net
Sat Jul 2 09:59:53 PDT 2005
You are absolutely correct -- mea culpa! (And since I worked on Agostini at DOJ, I have absolutely no excuse.)
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From: "John Fee" <Feej at lawgate.byu.edu>
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Subject: Re: Pop Quiz: Justice O'Connor and the Religion Clauses
> Aha. Justice O'Connor has written two majority opinions dealing with
> the Religion Clauses: Lyng (1988) and Agostini v. Felton (1997).
> (Howard Freidman's blog forgets Agostini.)
>>>> marty.lederman at comcast.net 07/02/05 8:50 AM >>>
> QUESTION ONE
> Those of you who have already glanced over at Howard Friedman's blog
> will already know the answer to this first question and thus are
> disqualified. If you haven't looked over there yet, don't peek.
> It is fair to say -- as most of us have in fact repeatedly said -- that
> Justice O'Connor has written the Law of the Religion Clauses over the
> past generation, and that as her retirement approaches, the governing
> law in the area is predominantly what SOC has said it is. Believe it or
> not, however, in her 24 Terms on the Court Justice O'Connor has written
> only one majority opinion dealing with the Religion Clauses.
> Name her single majority opinion. (How long did it take you to figure
> out the answer?)
> QUESTION TWO
> According to the Washington Post, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
> yesterday issued a statement "thank God she's retiring." Presumably
> this sentiment is the function of the view that Justice O'Connor's
> jurisprudence has harmed religious liberty. (I welcome any corrections
> or qualifications from the Becket folks on this list -- I haven't been
> able to find the full statement.) Rick Garnett, on the other hand,
> writes on his blog that "In my view, she was -- among other things -- a
> consistent and important defender of religious freedom, and of the
> constitutional principle that our First Amendment does not require
> discrimination against religious believers or the exclusion of religion
> from the public square."
> Who's right?
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