Law: April 2004 Archives

Felonious March

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Is publicly advertizing one's wish that someone had killed the president tantamount to threatening to kill him? If so, some protestors just committed a felony. On a very different note, La Shawn Barber has the proper Christian response to this.

Volokh furtively places a headline about religious fanatics over a post about the National Council of Churches' advocacy for environmental concerns. He waits until the end to bring it back to the headline's subject, but he's absolutely right. If it's wrong to use religious motivations to support laws, then it's wrong for the National Council of Churches to be a voice amid those that should influence law. I think this is a reductio of such a principle. The founders advocated laws against murder on the basis of religious principles. Is that wrong? Whatever the Constitution requires in religion-state relations, it doesn't require the absence of religious considerations in people's motivations for laws. Yet there's a double standard when conservative religious groups advocate laws, since no opposition ever surfaces with liberal religious groups that do so.

Update: Oops. I forgot the link. Here it is.



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