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 The link to an archived version of that webcast is now here.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.