Tuesday, January 24, 2006

neutrality and equality

"Neutrality and equality are near cousins; they have most of the same attractions and most of the same inadequacies." 39 DePaul L Rev 993, Laycock, Formal, Substantive, and Disaggregated Neutrality Towards Religion.

If this is true, then the discussion of equality below--arguing that the concept is powerless to attack the underlying question of when something is equal--applies equally to neutrality, and the concept is largely empty. That means folks who argue for neutrality in religion will just find that their disagreement is kicked down to the more fundamental level of what is to be compared, and so you might as well not start with neutrality at all, unless it's a sort of hors d'oeuvre or something.


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