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Judicial Constraint: The Far Right Pushes For Rubber-Stamp Courts

It is my sad duty today to give yet another basic civics lesson to the far right.

Here it goes: There are three branches of government. They are co-equal. Each performs a check on the other. Each balances out the other. Read more

Trash Talk: Opponents Of Church-State Separation Bash JFK’s Famous Speech

On Sunday I gave a talk here in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s famous speech in Houston endorsing church-state separation.

Kennedy used his Sept. 12, 1960, address to dispel fears that as president, he would elevate Roman Catholic dogma over the national interest. In eloquent language, he told an audience of Protestant clergy that he supported religious liberty and endorsed “absolute” separation of church and state. Read more