11 episodes

We Dissent is a monthly podcast by four secular women, who also happen to be powerhouse attorneys at the major secular organizations in the U.S. Join us as we discuss developments affecting the separation of church and state in the US Supreme Court and lower federal courts. We’ll also explore other advocacy work we do to help atheists and other nonreligious people outside the courtroom. We know there are so many atheist podcasts and legal podcasts and you have a lot to choose from, but we hope you’ll join us, the only legal podcast for atheists and agnostics hosted completely by women lawyers. We can’t wait to start these conversations. Look for our first episodes Spring 2022 wherever you get your podcasts.

We Dissent Rebecca Markert

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    • 4.9 • 48 Ratings

We Dissent is a monthly podcast by four secular women, who also happen to be powerhouse attorneys at the major secular organizations in the U.S. Join us as we discuss developments affecting the separation of church and state in the US Supreme Court and lower federal courts. We’ll also explore other advocacy work we do to help atheists and other nonreligious people outside the courtroom. We know there are so many atheist podcasts and legal podcasts and you have a lot to choose from, but we hope you’ll join us, the only legal podcast for atheists and agnostics hosted completely by women lawyers. We can’t wait to start these conversations. Look for our first episodes Spring 2022 wherever you get your podcasts.

    Regulations Rule!

    Regulations Rule!

    Alison guides Rebecca, Monica and Liz through a discussion of another tool we have to keep religion out of government: administrative rules and regulations. The co-hosts give an overview of this body of law, and discuss how it’s been used to erode the wall of separation and what we can do to roll that back. 
    Background
    Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Title IX and new proposals  Administrative Procedures Act (1946) Cases
    Christian Legal Society v. Martinez (2010) Doe v. Joplin Schools Public School District (AHA field trip lawsuit) AA and AU Education Department Lawsuit  
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    • 56 min
    No Victory for Religious Liberty: Discussing Coach Prayer with Rachel Laser

    No Victory for Religious Liberty: Discussing Coach Prayer with Rachel Laser

    Liz, Rebecca, Monica and Alison recap the case, Kennedy v. Bremerton, discussed in Episode 5 and review the decision handed down by the Supreme Court at the end of June. Later in the episode they’re joined by the pod’s very first guest, Rachel Laser, President and CEO of Americans United, who represented Bremerton at the high court. Rachel joins for a conversation about being a woman leader in the fight to keep state/church separate, and what our future holds after a dismal June. It’s a long episode, but worth every minute! 
    Background
    SCOTUS Decision AU’s case page for Bremerton Rachel Laser’s bio

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Bonus Episode! Shurtleff v. City of Boston

    Bonus Episode! Shurtleff v. City of Boston

    Rebecca and Liz recap the case, which was discussed in Episode 2, and review the decision handed down by the Supreme Court earlier this year. They also discuss the importance of this decision in the context of all other religious liberty cases from the high court’s term this past year.
     
    Background
    SCOTUS Decision  
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    Our website, we-dissent.org, has more information as well as episode transcripts.

    • 16 min
    Bonus Episode! Carson v. Makin Update

    Bonus Episode! Carson v. Makin Update

    Liz and Rebecca recap the case, which was discussed in Episode 1, and review the decision handed down by the Supreme Court at the end of June. They also discuss the impact this has for the separation of state and church moving forward.
    Background
    SCOTUS Decision  
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    Our website, we-dissent.org, has more information as well as episode transcripts.

    • 34 min
    The Abortion Episode

    The Abortion Episode

    Liz, Rebecca, Alison and Monica discuss the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns the fundamental right to abortion care. The co-hosts break down the decision, the ramifications of the decision, and commiserate over the future of the rights of women to make their own health care choices. 
     
    Background
    Oral Arguments SCOTUS Blog Page Text of SB8 FFRF, CFI, and AA coalition amicus brief AU, AHA, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, and Interfaith Alliance Foundation coalition amicus brief Rebecca’s blog on the leaked opinion Relevant Cases
    Roe v. Wade Planned Parenthood v. Casey Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt  
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    You, Coach Kennedy, are no Tim Tebow

    You, Coach Kennedy, are no Tim Tebow

    Liz, Rebecca, Alison and Monica break down the latest case threatening the separation of church and state, Kennedy v. Bremerton, which involves a Christian high school football coach praying at the 50-yard line after games. The hosts review the facts of the case, outline what happened at oral arguments and make predictions on what this means for the rights of public high school students of minority faiths or no faith at all.
    Background
    Oral Arguments SCOTUS Blog page FFRF, CFI, SCA, and AHA’s coalition amicus brief American Atheists’ amicus brief Vox - “The Supreme Court’s ‘praying coach’ case, explained” Relevant Cases
    Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe (2000) Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971)  
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    Our website, we-dissent.org, has more information as well as episode transcripts.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Xaoclover ,

Incredibly insightful

This is an incredible podcast, hosted by a wonderful group of women! Though the information is terrifying, this is the information we need to be aware of regarding how our country is radically and quickly changing. Thank you for enlightening us!

granmerly22 ,

Pretty good

Important information but the speakers insert the word “like” into nearly every sentence. It is so annoying it detracts from the significance of the their content.

Chriz2469 ,

This is the podcast we need right now.

With the current rise of dangerous Christian national extremism supported by a judiciary packed with right wing religious ideologues, this is the podcast we need right now. The four brilliant cohosts, lawyers from three important secular civil rights organizations, provide some much needed sanity during these insane times. When it comes to the We Dissent podcast, I concur!

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