Robert K. Vischer is the dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, where he holds the Mengler Distinguished Chair in Law. He is the author of Conscience and the Common Good: Reclaiming the Space Between Person and State.

Barronelle Stutzman, left, meets with supporters outside Washington's state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Politics & Society Short Take
Robert K. VischerFebruary 28, 2017
A court decision compelling businesses to cater to same-sex weddings is a lazy response to the challenges of a pluralist society.
Local government is where civil friendship can be most easily realized. (iStock/Steve Debenport)
Politics & Society In All Things
Robert K. VischerNovember 07, 2016
The campaign is almost over. It's time to learn how to speak to each other again.
Police cars pass demonstrators on July 6 in Baton Rouge, La. Alton Sterling, a black man, was shot and killed by two white officers on July 5 outside a convenience store (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert).
Robert K. VischerJuly 07, 2016
Universities must not stop at professional preparation but must help restore our capacity for empathy.
Robert K. VischerMarch 05, 2012
Is Occupy Wall Street right about the way to fight social injustice?
Robert K. VischerAugust 04, 2008
'Religion in American Politics,' reviewed
Arts & Culture Books
Robert K. VischerFebruary 26, 2007
A wave of recent books has left the distinct impression that the harnessing of religious ideals to political power has ushered in a new Dark Ages in American public life In God and the Welfare State Lew Daly departs from the trend of near-hysterical claims by exploring the religious underpinnings
Arts & Culture Books
Robert K. VischerJanuary 15, 2007
Notwithstanding the widely publicized campus ruckuses that have sprung up annually over performance of The Vagina Monologues Catholic universities are not the only institutions of higher education struggling over questions of Christian identity It is true that such universities as Harvard Yale an