Legal Spirits

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Legal Spirits Episode 012: Is Satanism a Religion?
July 29, 2019

In this podcast, we discuss several recent law and religion controversies concerning the “Satanic Temple.” We discuss what the Satanic Temple is and what its adherents say they believe, whether the Temple should count as a religion or a religious insti...

Legal Spirits Episode 011: The Court Decides the Peace Cross Case
July 01, 2019

In this episode, the third in a series, we talk about the Court’s decision in American Legion v. American Humanist Association, the Peace Cross case. We analyze the Court’s opinion, the plurality opinion, and several of the other opinions in the case.

Legal Spirits Episode 010: The New Abortion Laws
June 17, 2019

In this podcast, Center Director Mark Movsesian and Associate Director Marc DeGirolami discuss a raft of new laws passed by several states regulating abortion. They explore the constitutionality of these laws under the regime established by Roe v.

Legal Spirits Episode 009: The “Anti-Vaxx” Controversy
May 16, 2019

In this podcast, Center Director Mark Movsesian and Associate Director Marc DeGirolami discuss the anti-vaccination controversy. What are the sources of the objections to compulsory vaccination laws–religious, secular, or both?

Legal Spirits Episode 008: Religious Hate Speech (Part II)
April 29, 2019

In this second episode of a two-part podcast, Center Director Mark Movsesian and Associate Director Marc DeGirolami discuss the private dimension of the control of “religious hate speech.” What, if anything,

Legal Spirits Episode 007: Religious Hate Speech (Part 1)
April 01, 2019

In this first episode of a two-part podcast, Center Director Mark Movsesian and Associate Director Marc DeGirolami discuss government regulation of “religious hate speech.” They break down the concept into three categories–speech that denigrates religi...

Legal Spirits Episode 006: SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument in the Peace Cross Case
March 04, 2019

In this episode of Legal Spirits, Center Director Mark Movsesian and Associate Director Marc DeGirolami recap last week’s oral argument in the Peace Cross case, The American Legion v. American Humanist Association.

Legal Spirits Episode 005: Praying on the 50-Yard Line
February 18, 2019

In this episode of Legal Spirits, Center Director Mark Movsesian and Associate Director Marc DeGirolami discuss the Court’s recent denial of cert in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, a case in which the Ninth Circuit ruled that a public high school...

Legal Spirits Episode 004: A Ninth Circuit Ruling on Prayers at Public School Board Meetings
January 17, 2019

In this episode of Legal Spirits, Center Director Mark Movsesian and Associate Director Marc DeGirolami discuss Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Chino Valley Unified School District, a recent Ninth Circuit decision striking down the practice of pray...

Legal Spirits Episode 003: Tradition in the Global Context
December 10, 2018

In this episode, Center Director Mark Movsesian and Associate Director Marc DeGirolami discuss the upcoming meeting of the Center’s Tradition Project, set for Rome on December 12-13. This session, “The Value of Tradition in the Global Context,