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My subject is the religious university and the Constitution. We do not think quite as often as we should about the connection between the two-or, more to the point, about the link between a theory of the religious university and a theory of the free exercise of religion. Religious universities are not just like every other kind of school, and we all too rarely try to tease out the differences.

Let me begin by making clear that I believe in both the idea and the ideal of the religious university. Religious colleges and universities have done America enormous services over the past two centuries; and, if the nation continues to respect their autonomy, and if the universities themselves continue to value their integrity, they will continue to do America enormous services for as long as there is an America.

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