EC & Compelling Interest
stcynic at crystalauto.com
Mon Jul 23 10:26:24 PDT 2007
I've always thought that the "special situation" analysis was little
more than the Court admitting that they do not wish to go where logical
reasoning demands they go so they're arbitrarily declaring an exception
to the rule. I do think that Art's example is a good one; I don't have
any problem with military chaplains paid for by the government for that
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[mailto:religionlaw-bounces at lists.ucla.edu] On Behalf Of Rick Duncan
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2007 8:32 PM
To: Law & Religion issues for Law Academics
Subject: Re: EC & Compelling Interest
Art's example is a good one, but I have usually thought of military
chaplins as involving a special situation pursuant to which the EC is
not violated (as opposed to a situation in which the EC is violated, but
justified by a compelling interest in protecting the spiritual needs of
Is there really a compelling interest in supplying chaplins for hundreds
of thousands of military stationed in California, or New Jersey, or
Virginia, or Nebraska?
See also Chambers (not a compelling interest for legislative prayer
case, but rather a special rule involving a special situation which, due
to history & tradition, does not trigger the EC).
ArtSpitzer at aol.com wrote:
How about hiring chaplains for the armed forces?
In a message dated 7/22/07 5:34:54 PM, VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu writes:
The tough question is to come up with a concrete example of where
some compelling interest would indeed be in play. Rick, what examples
did you have in mind?
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