“SCOTUS Religion Cases: A New Online Database for Scholars of Law and Religion” by Justin Latterell and Rachel Kennedy

The newest edition of Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment is supplemented by a powerful new research tool: SCOTUSreligioncases.org.  Building a free online database of First Amendment religion cases I first encountered Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment in 2006. Then in its second edition, John Witte’s book was a careful study of the history

“A Native of Conklin, NY Discusses QAnon” by Sarah Louise MacMillen

The author wishes to thank Timothy Rush and George Lundskow for their helpful input related to this essay. In a series of recent articles in the journal Critical Sociology my colleagues and I explored the hazards of conspiracy theories within contemporary media spaces and political culture. While conspiracy theories aren’t new to politics or religion,

“Religious Exemption Laws & the Conservative Legal Movement” by Elizabeth Reiner Platt

The contemporary debate around the right to free exercise of religion — and its limits — focuses overwhelmingly on conservative Christian beliefs about sex, gender, marriage, and reproduction. This is understandable given the vast resources and focus that the Christian right has placed on gaining religious exemptions from laws that advance LGBTQ nondiscrimination and reproductive

“American Religious Support for COVID Protocols, and Public Values” by R. Drew Smith

Though the COVID health emergency within the U.S. seems to be lessening in intensity, the occurrence of 35,000 COVID hospitalizations per day and 12,000 deaths per week during early March 2022 shows that the crisis is clearly not over.  Widespread resistance to public protocols and mandates aimed at halting the spread of the virus has

“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s religious liberty opinions won’t bother most American Jews” by Michael Helfand

This article first appeared in the Forward, the nation’s leading Jewish news organization. Sign up here to get the Forward’s newsletters in your inbox.  President Biden has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill Justice Breyer’s seat on the Supreme Court. The nomination is no doubt historic: If confirmed, Judge Jackson would be the third

“The U.S. Role in Combating Global Islamophobia” by Engy Abdelkader

Last December, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Combating International Islamophobia Act. The bill creates a new position – a Special Envoy – within the U.S. State Department. The envoy would monitor Islamophobia globally.  While the House passed companion legislation around the same time, the Senate bill

“The Russian Orthodox Church’s Empire of Media” by Jacob Lassin

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has strained the attempts of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) to maintain control and influence over its far-flung flock. The ROC has attempted to revive an imperial-style of church governance without the legal structures of an empire. Instead, it relies on mass media to cohere the wide territory claimed as its