S3, Ep. 07: Is religion really just like soccer or book club? Responding to the oral arguments in Carson v. Makin
Six justices seem poised to chart a new and troublesome direction in church-state law
Segment one: Why should religion be treated differently? (starting at 00:55):
Amanda and Holly previewed the oral arguments in Carson v. Makin in episode 5: What’s the problem with the government funding religious education?
We played the following clips from the oral arguments, available at this link.
- Michael Bindas, attorney for the challenge to Maine’s program: 1:31-2:09
- Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart, arguing on behalf of the Biden administration 1:31:36-1:32:46
Segment two: Is this a choice program? Is there discrimination between different religions? (starting at 14:40)
We played the following clips from the oral arguments, available at this link:
- Christopher Taub, attorney defending Maine’s program: 42:54-44:14
- Justice Elena Kagan: 29:15-30:04, and then 30:30-31:17
Segment three: The advent of the holiday season (starting at 29:08)
Amanda and Holly talked about this New York Times piece by Tish Harrison Warren: I’m not ready for Christmas. I need to take a minute.
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