Paul Sabin: Citizen Activism, History, & the Environmental Crisis
What are the origins of the deep divide between liberals and conservatives over environmental questions? How much of it is due to political and economic forces—oil industry support of the opposition, gerrymandering, political divides, things like that—and how much of it has to do with real ideological and intellectual divisions?
Kara W. Swanson: Patents, Politics, Abortion
The patent office was not only given the mandate to consider laboratory life as chemistry, but the mantle of apolitical neutrality to cloak its actions.
Douglas NeJaime: Hobby Lobby’s Religion
If you’re not able to block the contraceptive coverage requirements, and you’re not able to block same-sex marriage, then an alternative strategy is to argue based on religious liberty for exemptions from laws protecting that conduct.
David Jones: Broken—Mormonism, Loyalty, and Gay Marriage
The Mormon Church broke on November 5, 2015. At least, it did for me.
Tisa Wenger: Contesting Religious Freedom
One of the most powerful ways that religious freedom has worked historically is as a tool for US empire and white supremacy. It might be counterintuitive or subversive to speak of religious freedom as a tool of empire, but that’s clearly its role.
Samuel Moyn: The Communion of Religion and Rights
What does religion in general, and Christianity in particular, have to do with rights and human rights?
Michele Gauger: The Legal Frontiers of Biotech
A lot of scientists feel—and I don’t blame them for feeling this—that if we can do this, then we should do it. I don’t think that is necessarily true.
Zoe Weinberg: The Blonde, Blue-Eyed Slave
Alexina did not bother to contest the authenticity of the thick paper trail that documented her sale to James White. If the court agreed that she was white, those contracts would automatically be rendered invalid and she would be free.