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William Watkins Jr.’s Response to my Post on Trinity Lutheran

Last week, I posted a highly critical response to William Watkins Jr.’s Wall Street Journal op-ed on the Trinity Lutheran Church case.  Mr. Watkins has posted a reply to my critique here, which I bring to interested readers’ attention

Michael Stokes Paulsen — Mr. Paulsen is a professor of law and distinguished university chairman at the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis.

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