Monday, June 27, 2005

A Majoritarian View of God

From Scalia's dissent in McCreary County v. ACLU (the Ten Commandments case that struck down a courthouse display):
the Establishment Clause permits . . . disregard of polytheists and believers in unconcerned deities, just as it permits the disregard of devout atheists.
Readers may recall my previous post on the recent appellate decision permitting exclusion of polytheists from eligibility to give invocations at government meetings.

Aside from the dissent being a gauntlet slap in challenge to the entire notion of church-state separation, it's an insult to many Americans of faith.

UPDATE: Jack Balkin is also troubled by Scalia's dissent.

UPDATE II: PG has an excellent post on public support of religion.

UPDATE III: David Schraub also found the Simpson County case deeply problematic.
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