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Interactions explores how law and religion interact in today’s world and throughout history. This podcast is produced by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University and in collaboration with canopyforum.org.

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Interactions explores how law and religion interact in today’s world and throughout history. This podcast is produced by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University and in collaboration with canopyforum.org.

    Monday Read: Is 303 Creative v. Elenis Masterpiece Cakeshop 2.0?

    Monday Read: Is 303 Creative v. Elenis Masterpiece Cakeshop 2.0?

    In today’s episode of Interactions, we hear from Mark Satta and his Canopy Forum https://canopyforum.org/2022/06/27/303-creative-v-elenis-masterpiece-cakeshop-2-0/ (article) “303 Creative v. Elenis: Masterpiece Cakeshop 2.0?”.
    In his article, Satta considers an upcoming Supreme Court Case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, which concerns whether a Christian website designer has the right to refuse services to same-sex couples, in relation to a similar case: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado.
    “In many ways, 303 Creative picks up where Masterpiece Cakeshop left off,” Satta writes. “But social, political, and legal circumstances have shifted over the last five years." And, as Satta explains, the free speech issues in 303 Creative are markedly different.
    “It is not clear that the website constitutes, even in part, the web designer’s speech,” says Satta. “The more pointed free speech issue — which has no analog in Masterpiece — is the statement that the web designer wishes to include on her business webpage explaining why she refuses to make wedding websites for same-sex couples.”
    The statement in question communicates her religious motivations for refusing to provide services to same-sex couples.
    Is such a statement protected under the First Amendment?
    Does a business owner not only have the right to discriminate against same-sex couples, but also the right under the First Amendment to voice why?
    And what might the surge of Christian nationalism in the U.S. mean for how this case could be decided?
    Find out on today's episode of Interactions.
    Read the original article on https://canopyforum.org/2022/06/27/303-creative-v-elenis-masterpiece-cakeshop-2-0/ (Canopy Forum).
    Browse our https://cslr.law.emory.edu/scholarship/cslrbooks2016-2021.pdf (book brochure).

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    Monday Read: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Religious Persecution: Do Signed Declarations Help?

    Monday Read: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Religious Persecution: Do Signed Declarations Help?

    In today’s episode of Interactions, we hear from George D. Chryssides of York St. John University and his Canopy Forum article “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Religious Persecution: Do Signed Declarations Help?”
    In his article, Chryssides explores the ways in which Jehovah’s Witnesses have been religiously persectued and questions the usefulness of documents meant to criticize this persecution after the release of a joint statement by the US Department of State’s Office of International Religious Freedom in 2021. “Few people to whom I have spoken,” writes Chryssides, “including my own Member of Parliament in the UK, have shown any familiarity with the document, which raises the question of how effective such declarations are likely to be.”
    Chryssides examines the antagonization that the Jehovah’s Wittness movement has faced in Russia. At the forefront of this antagonization is the self-proclaimed sectologist Aleksandr Dvorkin, who considers himself a cult expert. Chryssides explains that “Dvorkin succeeded in perpetrating the belief that new religious movements,” like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, “were dangerous.”
    How did this all begin? What’s the cause of this persecution toward Jehovah’s Witnesses both in Russia and around the world? And are declarations effectual in the diminishment of mistreatment?
    https://canopyforum.org/2022/06/13/jehovahs-witnesses-and-religious-persecution-do-signed-declarations-help/ (Read) the original article on Canopy Forum.
    https://cslr.law.emory.edu/scholarship/cslrbooks2016-2021.pdf (Browse )our book brochure.

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    Monday Read: Religious Exemption Laws and the Conservative Legal Movement

    Monday Read: Religious Exemption Laws and the Conservative Legal Movement

    In today’s episode, we hear from Elizabeth Reiner Platt and her Canopy Forum article “Religious Exemption Laws and the Conservative Legal Movement.”
    Adapted from “https://lawrightsreligion.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/content/Policy%20Analyses/Parading_the_Horribles_The_Risks_of_Expanding_Religious_Exemptions.pdf (Parading the Horribles: The Risks of Expanding Religious Exemptions),” which was co-authored by Platt, the article explains how conservative Christians have disproportinately benefited from the right to free exercise of religion. “In recent years,” says Platt, “religious exemptions have been used to advance not only conservative religious beliefs about sex, marriage, and reproduction but also the broader goals of the conservative legal movement.”
    Platt examines three ways in which religious exemptions have been used to advance the goals of the legal conservative movement: by confining the administrative state, deregulating the public marketplace and shifting government funds to private entities.
    “Religious exemptions have undercut emergency public health orders, curbed oversight of religious schools and childcare facilities, limited worker protections and union organizing, and undermined laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment,” says Platt. “The expansion of religious exemptions may therefore be seen not only as an effort of the religious right, but as one facet of the larger conservative legal movement’s commitment to deregulation and privatization.”
    https://canopyforum.org/2022/04/22/religious-exemption-laws-the-conservative-legal-movement/ (Read) the original article on Canopy Forum.
    https://cslr.law.emory.edu/scholarship/cslrbooks2016-2021.pdf (Browse) our book brochure.

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    Monday Read: A Native of Conklin, NY Discusses QAnon

    Monday Read: A Native of Conklin, NY Discusses QAnon

    Why is QAnon significant, and why has the conspiracy theory taken root in certain evangelical circles?
    In today's episode of Interactions, we hear from Sarah Louise MacMillen of Duquesne University, who investigates these questions in her Canopy Forum article “A Native of Conklin, NY Discusses QAnon.”
    Drawing on the work of Jacques Ellul and Theodor Adorno, Macmillen puts forward that one reason QAnon so strongly took hold in the evangelical sphere has to do with the evangelical emphasis on the free rational choice of the individual.
    “When the search for knowledge and authority is left to the individual (and their mobile phone search) there is no gatekeeper for theological knowledge," writes Macmillen, "and it is more difficult to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate interpretations of scripture. This lack of gatekeepers, combined with a perceived grievance about secularization and diversity, creates a 'perfect' storm for the anti-intellectual forces of QAnon.”
    https://canopyforum.org/2022/05/23/a-native-of-conklin-ny-discusses-qanon/ (Read) the original article on Canopy Forum.
    https://cslr.law.emory.edu/scholarship/cslrbooks2016-2021.pdf (Browse) our book brochure.

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    Monday Read: "Limiting Oppression: Duress and Unconscionability in Islamic Law"

    Monday Read: "Limiting Oppression: Duress and Unconscionability in Islamic Law"

    How can vulnerable parties, such as minorities and women, best be protected during religious arbitration within the Islamic tradition? Should parties be informed of their legal rights under American law or their rights within their religious tradition? For Rabea Benhalim, the answer is a balance of both.
    In today’s episode of Interactions, we hear from Benhalim and her Canopy Forum article, “Limiting Oppression: Duress and Unconscionability in Islamic Law”.
    In her article, Benhalim explains that vulnerable parties will be better protected if they have a dual understanding of their rights under both their religious legal tradition and American law.
    While "anti-Shariah movements tend to assume that Islamic law will provide inferior protections to vulnerable parties," Benhalim writes, this simply isn't the case: "Islamic law in fact often provides stronger protections, especially as Islamic law prioritizes the subjective experience of a coerced party and strictly limits financial exploitation."
    https://canopyforum.org/2022/04/07/limiting-oppression-duress-and-unconscionability-in-islamic-law/ (Read) the original article on Canopy Forum.
    https://cslr.law.emory.edu/scholarship/cslrbooks2016-2021.pdf (Browse) our book brochure.

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    Roundtable Ep. 1: Kennedy v. Bremerton

    Roundtable Ep. 1: Kennedy v. Bremerton

    In today’s episode of Interactions, we discuss the ongoing court case of Kennedy v. Bremerton School District with Ira “Chip” Lupu and Holly Hollman.
    The case concerns a public high school football coach in Washington State who argues that he has the right to pray on the fifty-yard line of the field after each game—and that his high school players should be allowed to join in. Coach Kennedy argues that his “brief and quiet” prayer is private speech protected under the First Amendment and the Free Exercise clause. But his position as a football coach at a public school means that his prayer could actually be in violation of the wall of separation between church and state.
    Ira, nationally recognized scholar in constitutional law, is professor of law emeritus at George Washington University and coauthor of https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eerdmans.com%2FProducts%2F7079%2Fsecular-government-religious-people.aspxanddata=05%7C01%7Ceythen.aaron.anthony%40emory.edu%7C6bf41ae639a44ff41d2b08da26cc9f9f%7Ce004fb9cb0a4424fbcd0322606d5df38%7C0%7C0%7C637864957535493840%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7Candsdata=ENOeKj5BJwyvRsCbCeATAjRd2CZVGDXe32gLv%2FdQsaM%3Dandreserved=0 (Secular Government, Religious People). Holly is a leading expert on religious liberty and general counsel at Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC). She is also cohost of the Respecting Religion podcast with BJC executive director Amanda Tyler and adjunct faculty at Georgetown University.
    Is Coach Kennedy’s prayer public or private speech? Does it violate the establishment clause? And should teachers be allowed to pray with students in public schools?
    Find out in today’s episode of Interactions.
    Legal scholars to speak in support of Coach Kennedy were invited to the discussion but declined to participate.
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