Doug Indeap* Wrote:
Jan 21, 2013 2:42 PM
Confusion understandably arises because the constitutional principle of separation of church and state is sometimes equated with a widely supported political doctrine that generally calls for political dialogue to be conducted on grounds other than religion. This political doctrine, of course, is not “law” (unlike the constitutional separation of church and state, which is), but rather is a societal norm concerning how we can best conduct political dialogue in a religiously diverse society. Reasonable people can disagree about whether the doctrine is a good idea or not and whether or how it should influence us in particular circumstances.