Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Wiccans and Others are Demanding their Place in American Public Life

Professor Jay Wexler

Jay Wexler is a Professor at the Boston University School of Law, where he has taught law and religion, among other topics, since 2001.  In addition to many scholarly articles, Wexler is the author of five books, including Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars and When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Freedom and Environmentalism Collide.  His sixth book, Our Non-Christian Nation, will be published by Stanford University Press in June 2019.  Professor Wexler tweets @SCOTUSHUMOR.

In the past two decades, the Supreme Court has largely torn down the wall separating church and state, allowing Christians to display monuments on public property, apply for public funds, and pray before town meetings.  At the same time, though, the United States has become more religiously diverse, with a particular increase in the number of people who identify as having no religion.  In this talk, Wexler describes how religious minorities, including atheists, have been demanding to take part in public life alongside Christians and argues that this is a trend that should be celebrated and continued.