The Law & Economy Spectator

An Immodest Proposal

The divide between church and state.

By From the January-February 2014 issue

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In the supreme court, the religious wars continue. This term the Court is asked to decide whether the city council of Greece, New York, may open its meetings with prayers from local clerics. The clerics, as is their wont, have been praying according to their religious faiths, which in most cases is Christian.I’m not saying that’s how I’d pray. I’m a lawyer, and we do things differently. We cut deals. We see people of different faiths at a meeting, and we’d say “Timothy, you’re a Catholic; and Bernie, you’re Jewish; and Borat, you worship the Hawk. But we’re all against sin, right?” We go for the lowest common denominator, you see. But priests and ministers, they do things differently, God love ’em.

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F.H. Buckley is Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law and author of The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America.