Closed Front Doors, Open Back Doors

Roger Williams’ concept of “separation of church and state” first became a part of Establishment Clause jurisprudence in Reynolds v. U.S., 98 U.S. 145 (1878), and became incorporated to and applicable to the several states by way of the Fourteenth Amendment in Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1 (1947). What this means was…

Afterlife as an Afterthought

Last night, I attended a debate sponsored by the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism or more colloquially, “Jew U”) ostensibly on the question “Is There An Afterlife?”; I style it a “debate” although it was more of a moderated conversation. I went because two of the four debaters were Sam Harris andChristopher Hitchens. Pitted…

Re-Manifesto

Note: Burt Likko is writing the first of what we hope will be several reader “sub-blogs” hosted by the League of Ordinary Gentlefolk. For more of his stuff, go here. People are forever asking me to classify myself. They want to fit me into a neat little box and say, “Boom. He’s a conservative.” Or…