Monday, May 23, 2005

More on The Boy Scouts - San Diego Controversy and Our Culture War

In my post below (which links to other related posts) I referred to the Federalist Society webcast on May 18. The link to an archived version of that webcast is now here. A transcript will be available later this week, and I will post that link as soon as I get it.

Just as a reminder, the panel's subject was "The Constitution and the Boy Scouts: Equal Access to Government Land and the First Amendment," and panelists included these individuals:

  • Professor Alan Brownstein, University of California Davis School of Law
  • George Davidson, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • Professor John Eastman, Chapman University School of Law
  • Eric Isaacson, Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins
  • Dean Kenneth Starr, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Dean Daniel Rodriguez, University of San Diego Law School (moderator)

Why do I keep talking about this subject, and why do I recommend this panel discussion so highly? Because it is in many ways a true microcosm of larger debates raging in American society:

  • What values will we promote as ideals?
  • Does the government have any role in such promotion?
  • What about the courts? Why does it matter if presidents get to appoint judges with a particular judicial philosophy?
  • Where does the so-called "separation of church and state" fit into this discussion?

In other words, it's not just about the Boy Scouts. It's about our culture wars generally.

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