The Law & Economy Spectator

An Immodest Proposal

The divide between church and state.

By From the January-February 2014 issue (Flickr Creative Commons)
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 a Foundation Professor at George Mason School of Law and the author of The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (forthcoming April 2016, Encounter Books).