* Re "Bush Starts Off by Defying the Constitution," Commentary, Jan. 24: Is Alan Dershowitz serious? He won't even allow an inaugural Christian prayer? I thought liberals were tolerant of all cultures, religions and forms of speech? What is wrong with a newly elected president wishing to publicly affirm his religious beliefs at an inauguration? Apparently, Dershowitz, being a good, conscientious liberal, feels religious elected officials must never profess their religious beliefs in public for fear of offending those who hold different religious views or none at all.
But as long as Congress doesn't establish an official government-sponsored religion in defiance of the 1st Amendment, future presidents should feel free to express their religious beliefs, in accord with the 1st Amendment. Apparently, Dershowitz wishes to apply the 1st Amendment selectively, primarily against religious speech.