paul.finkelman at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 23 16:43:06 PST 2010
The result? Our teen pregnancy rate might drop; the STD rate among teens would drop; the HIV/AIDS rate would drop; and the abortion rate would drop. Presumably, all of these are things religious conservatives favor. However, some they would complain that by forcing knowledge on students the government was somehow violating their religious beliefs.
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--- On Tue, 2/23/10, Marc Stern <mstern at ajcongress.org> wrote:
From: Marc Stern <mstern at ajcongress.org>
To: religionlaw at lists.ucla.edu
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 7:24 PM
Here is a link to a fight in england over a bill requiring sex ed in all schools including religious ones. Under the bill as reported here,schools could not teach premarital sex was wrong
What result if passed here in us?
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Subject: Comments on Jim Ryan's "Smith and the Religious Freedom RestorationAct: An Iconoclastic Assessment," 78 Va. L. Rev. 1407 (1992)?
Folks: I’m working on the Fourth Edition of my Academic Legal Writing textbook, and I wanted to add a chapter that contains an entire highly successful student Note – minus most footnotes – coupled with running commentary on why each section of the Note works (and, in some instances, how it might have been improved). I figured that I already give students plenty of examples of bad writing, but they needed an example of excellent writing, together with an analysis of what makes it excellent.
The Note that I chose is Jim Ryan’s Smith and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: An Iconoclastic Assessment, 78 Va. L. Rev. 1407 (1992). I like it a lot myself; I’ve heard good things about it from others; and I see that it has been cited over 120 times by law reviews articles.
But I’d also like to include some anonymous quotes from scholars in the field, who briefly explain why they think this article is good. This, I think, will dovetail nicely with my own explanation of what I think the article does very well. (Quotes pointing to some weaknesses in the article would also be fine; I will mostly praise the article, but I’ll probably include some thoughts on how it could have been made still better.) If you recall the article, and have something to say about the article, could you e-mail me? My student readers and I will thank you for it. Many thanks,
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