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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Supreme Court prayer ruling lacks balance

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Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:00 am

To understand why religious freedom matters, put yourself in the position of someone who is part of a minority faith tradition in a town or nation that overwhelmingly adheres to a different creed. Then judge public practices by how they would affect the hypothetical you.

This act of empathy helps explain why religious liberty in the United States is such a gift. It is based, as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her dissent to last week’s public prayer decision, on “the breathtakingly generous constitutional idea that our public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian.”

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