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Clarence Thomas’ Establishment Clause Originalism

The Supreme Court’s June 30 decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue was a landmark victory for religious liberty and school choice. It was also an exhibition of Justice Clarence Thomas’ unabashedly originalist interpretation of the Establishment Clause. His concurrence in Espinoza joins a long line of cases in which he has defending theContinue reading “Clarence Thomas’ Establishment Clause Originalism”

An Irrelevant Distinction

The Supreme Court’s June 30 decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is a landmark victory for religious liberty and school choice. The Court held that state governments cannot exclude religious organizations from generally available funding programs just because the program affords students the choice of attending religious schools. I have summarized this caseContinue reading “An Irrelevant Distinction”

“Everyone” Includes Religious People, Too

In a landmark victory for religious liberty and school choice, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 30, 2020 that state governments cannot exclude religious organizations from a student aid program just because the program affords students the choice of attending religious schools.* The case was Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which involved aContinue reading ““Everyone” Includes Religious People, Too”

Orwell’s Prophecy

“Who controls the past controls the future.” Since George Orwell published his jarring novel 1984, Big Brother and the Thought Police have sat uncomfortably in the back of our minds. None of us want to live in Oceania, but a recent development in the news media suggests that there are some who would wish thatContinue reading “Orwell’s Prophecy”

The Paradox of Artistic Interpretation: A Commentary on T.S. Eliot’s “Tradition and the Individual Talent”

“The emotion of art is impersonal. And the poet cannot reach this impersonality without surrendering himself wholly to the work to be done. And he is not likely to know what is to be done unless he lives in what is not merely the present, but the present moment of the past, unless he isContinue reading “The Paradox of Artistic Interpretation: A Commentary on T.S. Eliot’s “Tradition and the Individual Talent””

The Value of the Debate

In August of 2017, University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Amy Wax published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer discussing what she saw as some of the more concerning issues in America today. She candidly analyzed several arenas of society, touching on topics of race, economic status, gender, and more. The most controversial passage ofContinue reading “The Value of the Debate”


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