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I was very pleased to have the chance to comment on these four thoughtful and challenging papers when they were delivered orally at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Convention in January, and I am glad to have the opportunity to share some of my unsystematic thoughts about their published versions. I begin with two general observations before addressing the individual essays in turn.

When I came up with the phrase "Hands Off' to liven the title of my article on judicial resolutions of property disputes generated by splits in religious groups, I had not reflected on the wide range of issues that might be couched similarly. The themes of the AALS symposium and the substance of these papers, as well as Samuel Levine's Introduction, show just how broadly that concept may stretch. A great many problems regarding the law of the religious clauses might be put in terms of whether the government should refrain from involving itself with religion.


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