Daily Archives: October 3, 2005

New column on church/state issues

It’s Monday and my new Boston Globe column is out. It deals with some of the topics discussed on this blog in the past week: issues of religion in public life, as they play out in the debate over FEMA reimbursement for Katrina-related emergency services provided by religious organizations, and in the controversy over Noah Riner’s convocation speech at Dartmouth:

IN RECENT years, there have been a lot of complaints on the right about ”religious intolerance” from secularist liberals. Some of this talk is a conservative version of the left-wing victim mentality; sometimes the charges are legitimate. Both champions and opponents of religion in the public square have a tendency to confuse equal treatment with faith-based privilege.

Read the rest here.

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