Regardless of which religious tradition you were raised in, chances are you dreaded being trotted off to school on Sunday (or whichever equivalent day your parents decided you wouldn't have fun). Well, Canada has gone one step further: Religion Clause reports that in an effort to secularize (yup, secularize) both public and private schools in Quebec, schools must now offer something called Ethics and Religious Culture, which will expose students to the finer (and not-so-fine) points of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and aboriginal spirituality. What? The Wiccans don't get a chapter in the lesson plan?! What would Harry Potter say?!
As it turns out, not everyone is so gung-ho about learning about other religions. Private Catholic and Orthodox Jewish schools have objected to having to teach their students about religions other than their own — they are obliged, it seems, to submit because they receive some government funding. Not surprisingly, litigation is expected to ensue. I wonder whose side Zeus is on...
Newsflash: "Torture is abhorrent." Wotsay?The Volokh Conspiracy has a timely link on its November 5 section to an ABC News story on Dan Levin who, in 2004, served as the acting head of the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. When the CIA and the Bush administration decided that protecting "enemy combatants" from torture was a "quaint" relic of the Geneva Conventions, Levin actually underwent the controversial waterboarding procedure himself and discovered that (drumroll, please) "Torture is abhorrent." Of course, by the time Alberto Gonzalez had become attorney general, Levin was out of a job. Cut to three years later: Gonzalez is a national disgrace, and Levin has been vindicated. This might be funny if we weren't talking about torture.
Which brings us to the War on Reason. With most of the world officially inoculated from the horror that is the incessant bombing and rioting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Pakistan, Is That Legal? asks a very pertinent question in its November 3 post: is a state of emergency akin to what is happening in Pakistan possible (or even probable) here in America?
The answer is "yes" — at least constitutionally. Now, I don't want to scare readers into thinking the sky is falling, but the idea of the Constitution being indefinitely suspended is not outside the realm of possibility. America has been marching along, ever faster, into fascist police-state territory. Lucky for our founding fathers, every action has an equal but opposite reaction. How else can we explain the record online fundraising posted by renegade libertarian Ron Paul on November 5? Read it, think, and then think some more.
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Inside Legal Blogs As this will be my final installment of Inside Law Blogs and Chat Boards, I wanted to take a moment to thank all the people who made it possible for me to maintain this column for so long. But then I decided that since I did most of the heavy lifting, I should just focus on myself for my last column.
Inside Legal Blogs First, let me apologize for my absence last week (because I know there are so many of you out there eagerly anticipating my fascinating insights and commentary). Believe it or not, I had my article written and ready to go...and then my computer died, taking last week's Inside Legal Blogs report with it to the grave. I realize this is the attorney's equivalent of "the dog ate my homework," but I swear it's true. And when was the last time you doub ...
Inside Legal Blogs Legal blogs have changed many things. Indeed, they are growing more and more important in the legal industry and are beginning to have far-reaching impacts. As a case in point, the Patent Troll Tracker blog, which was an anonymous blog that focused on patent litigation, frequently derided those patent attorneys who represented companies that sued for patent infringement as their sole existence. Turns out the blog was being written by a patent ...
Inside Legal Blogs Put on your work gloves, and hike up your pants. It's time once again to clean out the law blog gutters. Look at all these leaves stuck in here. What a mess. This might take a while. The law blog gutters get clogged from time to time, and that's when I come around to clear everything out so things can run smoothly.
Inside Legal Blogs I hope all of my readers know that they can't trust anything said on the Internet. Cue the long and not very funny routine about whether that means you can't trust me. But of course you know all that - you're lawyers.
Inside Legal Blogs Someone in heaven must be looking out for me. A week ago, if someone had asked me to create my ideal job, I would have tried to come up with something involving all of my passions: ice cream, Three's Company reruns, and napping. But since no one will pay me to vegetate on my parents' sofa, eat fudgesicles, and exchange knowing glances with Mr. Roeper (Why is he always looking straight into the camera? Is he trying to tell me that he knows Jack is ...
Inside Legal Blogs Happy New Year! 2006 was a great year for legal blogs. So many ridiculous legal stories and only 52 articles to sum everything up for you guys…that's not very many. But for your sake and mine, I can only hope that 2007 will prove to be just as colorful a year for ''Inside Legal Blogs.'' Judging from this week's blogs, I think it will be.
Inside Legal Blogs Welcome back for another installment! Don't worry; we'll steer clear of Super Bowl talk. (I'm sure you're getting your football fix from several other sources.) This week, while reading the legal blogs, I kept coming across stories that reminded me of clichéd sayings…and while ''Inside Legal Blogs'' is usually a dependable source for hard-hitting, serious legal information (please try to withhold your laughter), I thought that this week I'd ke ...
Inside Legal Blogs Well, it's officially spring...and that's always good news, even if it's freezing outside today and we're all stuck inside. I tend to rationalize things this way: Even if it were nice outside, I'd still be stuck inside working. In fact, if it were nice outside, I'd be even bitterer about the fact that I'm stuck inside working. So it's better that the weather sucks…at least that's what I keep telling myself. But hey, even if you can't look forwa ...
Inside Legal Blogs Luckily for this week's edition of ''Inside Legal Blogs,'' there were quite a few interesting discussions this week in the legal ''Blawgosphere.'' There were, for example, some philosophical ones, such as the discussion that raged on Volokh and PrawfsBlawg about ''theophobia,'' or the hostility of academics towards religion. In fact, religion was in the news a lot this week, as was gay marriage, what with wedding bells beginning to ring in Cali ...
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