Monthly Archives: March 2015

Protestant Vs Catholic?

Last week during class we discussed the difference between a Catholic and Protestant position of constitutional interpretation. These two positions are guided by two questions one being the source of doctrine and the other being who has the ultimate authority … Continue reading

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Taking a Stand Against Rape

I find this upcoming week’s reading fascinating and much different from what we have read in the past. Before, we have discussed constitutional interpretation in the terms of the opinions of Supreme Court Justices or lawyers, both from Scalia, Brennan, … Continue reading

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NO PERFECT RELIGION- The story of Voltaire It does not matter one be protestant or catholic along both dimensions. No logical connection between constitution-identity and who is to be the authorized interpreter of the constitution (Levinson, 29). The topic of last week ‘Constitution in Civil Religion’ … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Army

WOW!! This movie was amazing. Watch it!! For anyone who has ever wondered how our justice system really works, you must watch this documentary to show the challenges that these courageous public defenders face every single day. My favorite public … Continue reading

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Religion and Democracy

Current events have brought the separation of church and state and the role of religion in the affairs of the state to the forefront of modern democratic discourse. The terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 created a wave of fear … Continue reading

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Catholic, Protestant, Politics

This past week in Prof. Kirkpatrick’s POS 470 class our objective while reading was to explain three major differences between “catholic” and “protestant” readings of the Constitution. Then we were to decide whether we would sign our name to the … Continue reading

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De Tocqueville and the Racial Divide

In last week’s class, we opened our minds to the contentious viewpoints of Alexis De Tocqueville in his infamous piece of literature, Democracy in America. Published in 1835, the book provides an in-depth analysis of the status of American democracy … Continue reading

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This shouldn’t need to be said.

I had brought this video up in class a week or two ago and I thought I would share it now.  It’s definitely worth watching even if you don’t want to read the rest of the post. Some background: The … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter

We have read in the Classic Slave Narratives the lives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. These narratives form an important part of African-American identity formation as well as demonstrate the considerable adversity past African-Americans have experienced. The shadow of slavery … Continue reading

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Shared in the Silence

Is there power in the words never said or spoken? Many would argue these are the most important and yet it seems they are constantly overlooked. In reading Jacob’s story, it was interesting how often she was unable to speak … Continue reading

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