Wednesday, January 19, 2011

First Amendment woes...

The recently inaugurated Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, has drawn fire on himself for comments he made shortly after taking office. The full story can be found here. The short version is that the Governor announced that he has a special relationship with Christians, they are his "brothers and sisters", which he does not have with non-Christians. While there's nothing particularly revolutionary about this idea (with certain 19th and 20th century exceptions, Christians have always held some form of this), Bentley is getting flak for speaking as Governor, which some have interpreted to mean that he will favor Christians over non-Christians, perhaps even to the point of violating the First Amendment.
This, in turn, has (as always) led to debate over what the First Amendment actually means. Fortunately, what is a headache for a politician is mere fodder for the blogosphere, fodder which I intend to feast upon. I intend to blog occasionally through the First Amendment, trying to explain and put into context what I can (which will in turn hopefully tie in with my dissertation). I've never quite done anything like this before, so it should be a bit of an adventure...

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