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Legal Spirits

Mattone Center for Law and Religion at St. John's Law

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Legal Spirits 056: Can the NY State Thruway Ban Chick-fil-A?
In this episode, we discuss a bill pending in New York that would require future fast food restaurants at rest stops on the State Thruway to open seven days a week. The bill expressly targets Chick-fil-A, which closes on Sundays in line with the owners’ religious commitments. Does the bill violate Chick-fil-A’s free exercise rights… The post Legal Spirits 056: Can the NY State Thruway Ban Chick-fil-A? appeared first on LAW AND RELIGION FORUM.
29:26 1/18/24
Legal Spirits 055: Speaker Mike Johnson on the Separation of Church and State
In a TV interview last month, House Speaker Mike Johnson raised eyebrows by asserting that Framers welcomed religion in public life and that the Establishment Clause protects religion from the encroachment of government, not the other way around. In this podcast, we show how Johnson was both right and wrong. Many Framers shared his view,… The post Legal Spirits 055: Speaker Mike Johnson on the Separation of Church and State appeared first on LAW AND RELIGION FORUM.
31:05 12/5/23
Legal Spirits 054: Is Classical Law Due for a Comeback?
Recently, many people have been talking about classical law–specifically whether classical law, with its focus on Christian universals and natural law concepts, can make a comeback in American law schools. Will classical law have traction in an academy dominated by positivism, law-and-economics, and critical theories? Would it be a good thing if it did? We’re… The post Legal Spirits 054: Is Classical Law Due for a Comeback? appeared first on LAW AND RELIGION FORUM.
32:32 10/25/23
Legal Spirits 053: Tom Berg on Religious Liberty in a Polarized Age
Welcome back! In our first Legal Spirits episode of the academic year, we interview our friend, law professor Tom Berg (University of St. Thomas) about his new book, Religious Liberty in a Polarized Age. We explore how fights about religious liberty both reflect and contribute to the deep social division in the US today–but also… The post Legal Spirits 053: Tom Berg on Religious Liberty in a Polarized Age appeared first on LAW AND RELIGION FORUM.
40:50 10/2/23
Legal Spirits 052: SCOTUS Decides Groff and 303 Creative
In our traditional end-of-term wrap up, Marc and Mark discuss the Supreme Court’s decisions in two cases: Groff v. DeJoy, the Title VII religious accommodations case, and 303 Creative v. Elenis, the website designer case. Were these simple cases masquerading as complicated ones? Do they suggest the Court is rethinking its views on free speech,… The post Legal Spirits 052: SCOTUS Decides Groff and 303 Creative appeared first on LAW AND RELIGION FORUM.
32:25 7/6/23
Legal Spirits 051: The Biden Administration’s Guidance on Prayer in Public Schools
In this episode, Marc and Mark offer some thoughts about the Biden Administration Department of Education’s guidance issued earlier this month (the first since 2020) on prayer and religious expression in public schools. The new guidance largely avoids much discussion of the newest Supreme Court decision on the matter, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, and… The post Legal Spirits 051: The Biden Administration’s Guidance on Prayer in Public Schools appeared first on LAW AND RELIGION FORUM.
29:30 5/24/23
Legal Spirits 050: Groff v. DeJoy and Religious Accommodation in the Workplace
In this episode, Marc and Mark discuss the background and recent oral argument before the Supreme Court in Groff v. DeJoy, a case about religious accommodation in the workplace under Title VII. The case involves a postal worker who observes Sunday sabbath and who was disciplined by the United States Postal Service after a dispute… The post Legal Spirits 050: Groff v. DeJoy and Religious Accommodation in the Workplace appeared first on LAW AND RELIGION FORUM.
29:55 4/28/23
Legal Spirits 049: A Canticle for Leibowitz & After Virtue
In this podcast, Marc and Mark discuss some of the common themes in two books that we recently read and reflected on with our students in the Center’s Reading Society: Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz and Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory. The themes include the nature and value… The post Legal Spirits 049: A Canticle for Leibowitz & After Virtue appeared first on LAW AND RELIGION FORUM.
28:10 4/18/23
Legal Spirits 048: The Rise of the Nones and American Law
Last month, the Center co-sponsored a panel, “The Rise of the Nones and American Law,” featuring Professors Steven Collis (University of Texas), Mark Movsesian (St. John’s) and Gregory Sisk (University of St. Thomas–Minnesota). The panel explored how the explosion in the numbers of the religiously unaffiliated in contemporary America might affect jurisprudence under the Religion… The post Legal Spirits 048: The Rise of the Nones and American Law appeared first on LAW AND RELIGION FORUM.
32:35 4/4/23
Legal Spirits Episode 047: “Christianity and Constitutionalism”
For our first podcast of 2023, we are delighted to welcome Professor Nicholas Aroney of the University of Queensland Law School, a distinguished constitutional law scholar who has co-edited (with Professor Ian Leigh) a new book just published by Oxford University Press: Christianity and Constitutionalism. Marc and Mark interview him about the book’s themes, scope,… The post Legal Spirits Episode 047: “Christianity and Constitutionalism” appeared first on LAW AND RELIGION FORUM.
28:05 1/17/23