Mirror of Justice

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Why Ellen Wertheimer is certainly wrong

Ellen Wertheimer asserts that she has demonstrated the "wisdom " (sic) of keeping religion and government "apart."  Rather than belabor my point, I'll just note that some *responsible* and *respected*  theories of "government" teach that, while church and state are indeed distinct ("two there are"), government's role *includes* serving (because government is all about service, at least in the Catholic tradition as I understand it) people, including those who practice "religion," i.e.  are religious (including by being and operating as church, including by running distinctive schools).  Yes, the *responsible* and *respected* theories I allude to are contested, but no more so than the one(s) on which Prof. Wertheimer implicitly relies.  QED


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