The book is a pretty fast read. Mainly, I'm trying to wrap my head around legal reasoning in general. Other kinds of questions are much more familiar to me: what's going in the world, where are things headed, what are the consequences of different courses of action, why do people behave the way they do. This legal stuff is a different dimension. Meanwhile, all these split court decisions highlight that legal reasoning has lots of intrinsic subjectivity.
Regarding previously mentioned topics ...
Here's an article about religion intolerance against non-Christians at the US Air Force Academy -- www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/03....religion/
I've read a few news stories about related topics, but none of them mentioned military chaplains.
riverc0il: There is a big push in the leftist, liberal, democratic candidates to appear religious.
Much of the US population is religious, and it's not surprising that politicians would try to appeal to them. Besides, the last two Democratic presidents (Carter and Clinton) took their Christian faith quite seriously. As an aside, I wouldn't characterize most Democratic office holders as "leftist".
irishrosem: I haven't specifically researched this, but it seems to me that U.S. legal history tends to make slow but steady progress in recognizing and granting civil rights and in upholding the whole of the Constitution.
Across US history, society has become more socially liberal, and the courts have reflected those societal views. However, views on economic issues have oscillated, with attitudes moving towards the right since Reagan took office.