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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Steve Smith on Disowning our Past

My friend and former colleague, Steve Smith, has posted his latest paper, "Justice Douglas, Justice O'Connor, and George Orwell:  Does the Constitution Compel Us to Disown our Past?"  Here is the abstract:

Justice William O. Douglas's majority opinion in Zorach v. Clauson famously asserted that [w]e are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being. What did Douglas mean, and was he right? More recently, in cases involving the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance and other public expressions and symbols, the Supreme Court has said that the Constitution prohibits government from endorsing religion. Can Douglas's Supreme Being assertion be reconciled with the no endorsement prohibition? And does the more modern doctrine demand that we forget, falsify, or forswear our pervasively religious political heritage? This essay, presented as the William O. Douglas lecture at Gonzaga Law School, addresses those questions.

Thanks to Larry Solum for the link.



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