David Ivester
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David Ivester replied to matthew greenberg's discussion Scalia - atheists are second class citizens
"Scalia's fundamental error is to suppose that some religions may be excluded from the First Amendment's protection simply by characterizing them as "nonreligion." The Supreme Court has rightly recognized that a worldview without…"
Oct 5, 2014
David Ivester replied to Scott Renno's discussion Prayers Before Sporting Events
"Wake Forest University recently published a short, objective Q&A primer on the current law of separation of church and state--as applied by the courts rather than as caricatured in the blogosphere. I commend it to you. http://tiny.cc/6nnnx"
Sep 6, 2010
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Aug 5, 2009
David Ivester replied to David Ivester's discussion Why our government calls upon us to pledge allegiance to the republic "under God"
"Greywolf, I agree we need politicians to stick their necks out more often. They should, at the very least, stand up for the principles of equality and separation of church and state. Beyond that, they should publicly treat atheism with the same…"
Aug 5, 2009

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I'm told that I'm traditional and radical, stimulating and boring, active and lazy, responsible and not, kind and thoughtless, intellectual and practical, and all in all a nice guy--mostly. My grown daughter wrote a letter telling me that as she heard her friends describe what they like about her, she came to realize that what makes her interesting and unique to her friends are all the traits she learned from me. I think maybe she overstated my part in it, but I still beamed at the thought.

I enjoy the outdoors and the city, fatherhood, and the company of friends--and there's food, drink, conversation, concerts, theater, projects, politics, music, writing, reading, solitude, soft touches, and lots more--even shopping.

I love being a father, though I gave it little thought until my first daughter was born, and then I was hooked for good. I have three children--daughters, 28 and 11, and a son, 24. The twenty-somethings have left the nest, and my youngest lives with me every other weekend and now and then. The rest of the time I have the pleasure and freedom of living alone.

I practice land use and environmental law, which is expert-intensive, so I get to indulge my interests in science and nature by learning at the elbows of great teachers. I also enjoy serving on the boards of a couple of non-profits.

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