Legal Spirits

Legal Spirits


Latest Episodes

Legal Spirits Episode 016: The New Wedding Vendor Cases
November 19, 2019

In this episode, we discuss recent court rulings in favor of wedding vendors who decline, from religious conviction, to provide services for same-sex weddings. After years of losing such cases, vendors like Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski of Phoenix’s Br...

Legal Spirits Episode 015: SCOTUS Grants Cert in the Louisiana Abortion Case
October 29, 2019

In this podcast, we discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to grant cert in June Medical Services v. Gee, a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana law regulating abortion. We explore what the decision to hear the case suggests about the Court’s changing...

Legal Spirits Episode 014: Requiring Clergy to Report Child Sex Abuse to State Authorities
October 08, 2019

In this episode, Center Co-Directors Mark Movsesian & Marc DeGirolami address state efforts to require clergy to report suspected child sex they learn about through confidential spiritual counseling–in traditional Christian terms, through Confession.

Legal Spirits Episode 013: A New Supreme Court Case From Montana Concerning the “Blaine Amendment”
September 03, 2019

Section 6. AID PROHIBITED TO SECTARIAN SCHOOLS. (1) The legislature, counties, cities, towns, school districts, and public corporations shall not make any direct or indirect appropriation or payment from any public fund or monies,

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...