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influential conversations about these issues over the years vary widely across the scholarly spectrum in their disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches. Some may not even remember the conversations. This is not a list of like- minded people. Many of them are deeply opposed to each other on key issues in the study of religion, in the humanities, and the constitution of the public square. That is a good thing. They are Srinivas Aravamudan, Luke Bretherton, Jonathan Brockopp, David Chidester, Brad Clough, Paul Courtright, Da- vid Damrosch, Wendy Doniger

, reproductive freedom, etc.) or their political agenda. Consider, as just one example, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which includes the Episcopal Church, most of the mainline Prot- estant denominations, the Unitarian Universalist Association, virtually all of the Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative Jewish govern- ing bodies, and numerous Christian and Jewish national organizations. Moreover, while advocating for a public square in which religious argu- ments and actors move freely, the bishops frame the issue as one that sets a “naked public

Republican Party presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s confl ation of the state and the public square is illuminating precisely be- cause it is not exceptional. In a notorious February 26, 2012, appearance on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous Santorum proclaimed his expansive vision of First Amendment free exercise: “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of Church and State is absolute. The idea that the church can have no infl uence or no involvement in the op- eration of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our

for purchase. Then the individual (or sometimes a partnership of two or three men) would purchase an 80- or 160-acre parcel. Following this purchase, a local surveyor would be contracted to plat the lots and streets of the new town, often conforming to topographical concerns or preexisting trails and improvements. If that town was competing for a seat of county government, the plat would include a public square prop- erty, which would be gifted to the county for the construction of a per- manent courthouse. Although Elijah Iles and John Kelly were in an excellent

136  ✶  The Negotiation tefilim, the women with their tears and cries. The rabbis order a day of fasting just as at Yom Kippur so as to mollify the Eternal’s anger, and they pray to Him to forgive them their sins. They send a delega- tion to the king, who at first refuses to see them, then has them told to wait because he’s very busy, and finally, after days and days of an- guished waiting, he sees them just to tell them dryly that there’s no appealing his decision and that any Jews who haven’t left by the end of the month will be executed on the public square