Welcome to Canopy Forum!

Welcome to Canopy Forum!

Canopy Forum is a digital publication from the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. Our contributors deliver expert analysis on important issues of law and religion around the world.

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Interactions Podcast

Interactions Podcast

The Interactions podcast, a podcast about the interactions between law and religion, is produced by the CSLR and distributed by Canopy Forum. Listen wherever you get your podcasts for article reads, roundtable discussions, and expert analysis.

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Martyrs, Minorities, Faith and Fidelity

Martyrs, Minorities, Faith and Fidelity

Coming in January 2022, this online course by Professor Mona Siddiqui explores the polyvalent meanings of ‘loyalty’ in Christian and Islamic thought.

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“Technology in Service of Biblical Dispute Resolution” by Brian Noble and Lee Ann Bambach

A virtual conference sponsored by Canopy Forum of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory (CSLR) featuring scholars, experts and practitioners on the topic of religious arbitration. View the full video and browse all essays here. This article is based on an interview with P. Brian Noble, the CEO of Peacemaker Industries, who presented

“The Creative Peace of ‘Spiritualizing Humanity,’ by Rafael Domingo Oslé & Gonzalo Rodríguez-Fraile Díaz” by Mónica García-Salmones

Spiritualizing Humanityby Rafael Domingo Oslé & Gonzalo Rodríguez-Fraile Díaz Review by Mónica García-Salmones After the spiritualism of the Middle Ages and the humanism of the Renaissance, rationalism conquered a large number of Europe’s intellectuals. For rationalists, the separation of God and reason was the only guarantee that would enable humans to occupy the place they

“Purity Culture and the Overturn of Roe: Understanding Christian Nationalistic Ideology and its Impact” by Jenny McGrath

On June 24th, the Supreme Court reversed the nearly 50-year-old legal precedent protecting the right to safe abortions in overturning Roe v. Wade. While the outrage and fear this decision caused was widespread, taking many forms, my own mind returned to my 13th birthday. It was the day I received my purity ring. As a young

“What is an Establishment of Religion?” by Vincent Phillip Muñoz

This essay was originally published in First Things before the Supreme Court decided Kennedy v. Bremerton. Though all eyes are understandably focused on whether the Supreme Court will overturn Roe and Casey, the justices will also soon decide a significant establishment clause case. In April, the Court heard oral arguments in Kennedy v. Bremerton School

“How Sex Discrimination Law Helps Us Resolve LGBTQ Religious Exemption Claims” by Kyle C. Velte

This essay is based on the author’s 2021 Minnesota Law Review article “The Nineteenth Amendment as a Generative Tool for Defeating LGBT Religious Exemptions.” Since the U.S. Supreme Court held that marriage equality is the law of the land in 2015, American society has been embroiled in a cultural and legal conflict over the appropriate

“A Theology of Human Rights in an Orthodox Perspective” by Paul Ladouceur

Orthodox Christianity does not have a good reputation on human rights, and indeed Orthodox theologians are deeply divided on human rights, with both strong supporters (such as Stanley Harakas and Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos) and strong opponents (Christos Yannaras and Vigen Guroian). Countries of Orthodox tradition such as Russia and Romania have supported violations of human

“Crisis Pregnancy Centers: How Evangelical Purity Culture Funded Thousands of Anti-Abortion Clinics” by Victoria Houser

Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) have periodically received attention in mainstream media outlets for their religious affiliations and anti-abortion positions. This past week, Abigail Abrams and Vera Bergengruen released an article in Time magazine outlining the insidious rhetoric these clinics use to attract pregnant people seeking abortions. They claim to offer free counseling and pregnancy tests.

“Hiding in Plain Sight: Christian Nationalism’s Threat to Faith Freedom for All” by Jennifer Hawks

The U.S. Constitution was enacted “in Order to form a more perfect Union,” and serves as the founding generation’s clarion call to all succeeding generations: The union isn’t perfect, and we must do our part to make it more so. When it comes to protecting religious freedom for all, that means building on the promise

“Contesting Reunification: Autocephaly and Sovereignty in Ukraine” by Kathryn David

When Russia’s war against Ukraine began, journalists in Russia were instructed to call it a “special operation,” not a “war.” Soon, draconian fines were introduced to penalize those who dared to call a war a war. In 2014, a similar obsession with terminology surfaced in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Crimea: what transpired was