S3, Ep. 20: Forcing states to fund religion: Carson v. Makin decision
Amanda and Holly explore the radical shift in a landmark ruling
Segment 1: A radical shift in religious liberty law (starting at 03:50)
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Amanda Tweeted her reaction to the Dobbs decision on Friday, June 24. You can see her Tweet thread here.
Holly and Amanda recorded this episode before the Court released its opinion in the Kennedy v. Bremerton case on June 27, 2022. They will analyze that case in the next episode of Respecting Religion.
Read the Supreme Court decision in Carson v. Makin at this link.
We mentioned the two recent cases that led to this case:
- Trinity Lutheran v. Comer: BJConline.org/TrinityLutheran
- Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue: BJConline.org/Espinoza
Segment 2: Where’s the Establishment Clause? (starting at 19:18)
Holly and Amanda mentioned these cases when discussing how the Court abandoned the “play in the joints” principle in religious freedom law and the impact of this case in state funding of religious schools:
- Locke v. Davey (2004)
- Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (2002)
Amanda quoted from the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, written by Thomas Jefferson.
Holly quoted from Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments, written by James Madison.
Segment #3: More misleading headlines (starting at 33:02)
Amanda and Holly discussed this New York Times newsletter written by Ian Prasad Philbrick: A Pro-Religion Court. It also links to a piece by Adam Liptak with some misleading shorthand, titled Supreme Court Rejects Maine’s Ban on Aid to Religious Schools.
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