Theocracy, Pluralism and Religious Neutrality

BarbWire published a column by a nobody named Michael Ware raging against the decision by a Florida school to do away with literature distribution from outside groups because, by allowing Christian groups in they had to allow others, including atheists and satanists, in as well. He takes the standard Christian Reconstructionist position.
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Glenn Beck Warns Against…Glenn Beck?

Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are set to have a meeting in Utah and, in a truly bizarre bit on his radio show, Glenn Beck warned against the dangers of Mormons mixing their theology with politics. Mormons like…Glenn Beck, who has in the past demanded many times over that his Christian and Mormon beliefs be mixed with politics.
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Could There Be a Split Decision on Marriage?

When the Supreme Court grants cert in a case, they instruct the attorneys for both sides on what specific questions they are allowed to argue about. Those questions indicate which aspects of a case the court is willing to consider in hearing the appeal and limits what can be be said in the briefs and in oral argument. In the four marriage cases they just accepted, here are the two questions they presented:
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Huckabee’s Inane ‘Bubbaville’ Bullshit

Like nearly all right wingers, Mike Huckabee loves to pander to “Joe Six-Pack” and other demographic cliches by contrasting those evil big cities, which he refers to as Bubbleville, to the “real” America found in rural areas, which he calls Bubbaville. And that’s why he’s hypocritically attacking Beyonce.
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When Liberals Demanded Religious Exemptions

Eugene Volokh, one of the top First Amendment scholars in the country, has an essay detailing the long history of laws and court rulings giving religious exemptions from laws that apply to everyone else, and it’s quite interesting. Many outlets have noted that Justice Scalia rejected the idea that the Free Exercise Clause demanded such exemptions, but in fact the sides have completely flipped positions on the issue.
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