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Arizona, the "Cost" of Living in a Pluralistic Society, and Loving the Alien

I've been away from this blog for a while for a variety of reasons, but in light of everything that has happened in the last few days regarding these "religious freedom" bills in Arizona and other places I think it's time to get back to writing.  Before getting into my take, it's worth while to take a look at Elizabeth Scalia (no relation to Justice Scalia) and her writing on the subject.  While i don't agree with everything she says, she communicates clearly in her writing that she is trying to approach these questions honestly and in a spirit of charity, and is worth a read.

Also, before we get really going, allow me to put on my lawyer hat and take a look what the proposed law in Arizona actually does and says, as even this basic point seems to be a source of disagreement.  The full text of the bill can be found here (in a convenient redline form) but the bill basically does two things.  First, it expands the definition of who gets to asserts free exercise…