I. Introduction

Last year, in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court extended Free Exercise jurisprudence in a manner that should be troubling to religious moderates and secularists alike. As has been covered extensively (here, here, and here, for example), the facts of the case are fairly straightforward. Montana had a state constitutional provision that banned public funds to schools “controlled in whole or in part by any church, sect, or denomination.” This provision is called a Blaine Amendment, a tool with a long history of controversy beyond the scope of this article to recount…

I distinctly remember the moment it occurred to me that teaching undergraduates was taking a significant toll on my health. It was late-November. I had just finished a lecture on the 2016 presidential election and the role of racial animosity in voter behavior. It was 9:00 PM, the classroom was emptying, I hadn’t eaten yet, and my FitBit showed my heart rate was 134 BPM — the fat-burning zone. By the time I got back to my car and was driving over the causeway from Sacramento to my home in Davis, I was lightheaded and dizzy. I spent the rest…


What every cosmic horror hero does is look too hard. The threat is always there. It was always going to be there. But the hero looks when others don’t. She could have gone along unaware. But she starts looking at the flaws, picking at the little tears at the edges, peeling back the top layer to see what’s underneath.

And then it’s too late. Then she has to do something. Then she has to act. She has to make the connections that tell where It came from and how to prevent It. She has to tell others about It…

Adam Scott Kunz

I am an assistant professor (’21) at UW-Eau Claire. I write on political theory, constitutional law, & issues in higher ed. Visit adamkunz.com to learn more.

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