The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled in favor of the plaintiff in Lester J. Smith v. Brian Owens, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Corrections, a case argued by Mark Goldfeder, senior lecturer and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion¿s Restoring Religious Freedom Project.
Rafael Domingo, Spruill Family Research Professor of Law, has published, God and the Secular Legal System, as part of the Cambridge Studies in Law and Christianity series, edited by John Witte, Jr.
Senior Lecturer Mark Goldfeder, Professor Sarah Shalf, and CSLR students headed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit this morning, where Goldfeder argued on behalf of a Muslim inmate who wants to grow a beard in accordance with his faith under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person Act.
Goldfeder co-authors CNN op-ed with Jan Figel about the U.S.'s responsibility to do more to stop genocide.
Mark Goldfeder is quoted in this Times story about Muslims being denied a permit to build a mosque.
CSLR Lecturer Mark Goldfeder spoke at the United Nations on drawing lines between religious discrimination and the First Amendment.
Douglas Laycock, a leading religious liberty scholar, will deliver the keynote address at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion's first religious freedom conference.
Five current and former CSLR students presented papers at the 2016 International Consortium of Law and Religion Studies conference at Oxford University.
The civic catechisms and canticles of our day still celebrate Thomas Jefferson's experiment in religious freedom. To end a millennium of repressive religious establishments, we are taught, Jefferson sought religious freedom in the twin formulas of privatizing religion and secularizing politics. Religion must be "a concern purely between our God and our consciences," he wrote in 1802. Politics must be conducted with "a wall of separation between church and state." "Public Religion" is a threat to civil society and must thus be discouraged. "Political ministry" is a menace to political integrity and must thus be outlawed.
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares this week to hear a case on whether a Michigan school run by a Lutheran church is subject to a federal law banning discrimination based on a disability, Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon raises a broad concern about religious freedom in America: Contrary to those who fear that the religious right is taking over and we are on the verge of a ¿faith-based¿ America, religion and religious freedom are actually the values in danger, she says.
The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University
On November 2, 2010, Oklahoma voters approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent state courts from considering or using Muslim Shari`a law.