Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Melissa Rogers, founder and director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake Forest, has a post on her blog looking in great detail at Joe Biden’s views on a whole range of church/state issues. There’s not a lot there to be concerned about. He’s not a strict separationist, but he’s not too far from it. The post includes a number of quotes from Biden on everything from “under God” in the pledge of allegiance (he’s for it, but what politician could say they’re not?) to school prayer (he’s against it, of course) to the whole issue of how to reconcile generally applicable laws with the free exercise clause (he was a co-sponsor of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act) to teaching ID in public schools (he’s firmly against it). The post includes some interesting questioning by Biden of Clarence Thomas on the Yoder/Sherbert/Smith series of cases, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Scalia’s approach to such matters.

Comments

  1. #1 Julian
    August 30, 2008

    You’re right tacitus, we should just let them rewrite history to aggrandize themselves. Its not like religious leaders and politicians use those lies to claim secularists aren’t citizens or that we can’t hold elective office .

    These are totally pointless battles, you’re right. It’s so good to have a wiser, more adult European who’s national history contains no examples of religious slaughter and from which many American colonists did not flee to escape an unjust and blood-thirsty society.

    When you give them the small stuff, they use it to bring on the big stuff; if you knew your own history you’d see that. And even if that weren’t the case, the truth has its own value, and abandoning it to the whims of tyrants and the small-minded in the name of ease is not only cowardly, but it tends to have an impact far larger than one would predict.

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