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Conscience And Complicity: Assessing Pleas For Religious Exemptions In Hobby Lobby's Wake, Amy Sepinwall 2015 University of Pennsylvania

Conscience And Complicity: Assessing Pleas For Religious Exemptions In Hobby Lobby's Wake, Amy Sepinwall

Amy J. Sepinwall

In the paradigmatic case of conscientious objection, the objector claims that his religion forbids him from actively participating in a wrong (e.g., by fighting in a war). In the religious challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, on the other hand, employers claim that their religious convictions forbid them from merely subsidizing insurance through which their employees might commit a wrong (e.g., by using contraception). The understanding of complicity underpinning these challenges is vastly more expansive than what standard legal doctrine or moral theory contemplates. Courts routinely reject claims of conscientious objection to taxes that fund ...


Satanists, Scott Walker, & Contraception: A Partial Account Of Hobby Lobby's Implications For State Law, Kara Loewentheil 2015 SelectedWorks

Satanists, Scott Walker, & Contraception: A Partial Account Of Hobby Lobby's Implications For State Law, Kara Loewentheil

Kara Loewentheil

Reaction to the Supreme Court's opinion in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell was swift and extreme from almost all quarters. Members of the Satanic Temple, a religious group focused on personal autonomy, individual freedom, and ethical action, announced that they would henceforth be objecting to so-called “informed consent” statutes in the abortion services context. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s administration, on the other hand, announced that he would no longer be enforcing Wisconsin's contraceptive equity law because it was “preempted” by the Supreme Court's decision. In this Article, I demonstrate that Scott Walker’s administration and the Satanic ...


Corporate Piety And Impropriety: Hobby Lobby's Extension Of Rfra Rights To For-Profit Corporations, Amy Sepinwall 2015 University of Pennsylvania

Corporate Piety And Impropriety: Hobby Lobby's Extension Of Rfra Rights To For-Profit Corporations, Amy Sepinwall

Amy J. Sepinwall

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court held, for the first time, that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) applied to for-profit corporations and, on that basis, it allowed Hobby Lobby to omit otherwise mandated contraceptive coverage from its employee healthcare package. Critics argue that the Court’s novel expansion of corporate rights is fundamentally inconsistent with the basic principles of corporate law. In particular, they contend that the decision ignores the fact that the corporation, as an artificial entity, cannot exercise religion in its own right, and they decry the notion that the law might look through the ...


The Challenge Of Co-Religionist Commerce, Michael A. Helfand, Barak D. Richman 2015 Duke Law

The Challenge Of Co-Religionist Commerce, Michael A. Helfand, Barak D. Richman

Faculty Scholarship

This Article addresses the rise of “co-religionist commerce” in the United States — that is, the explosion of commercial dealings that take place between co-religionists who intend their transactions to achieve both commercial and religious objectives. To remain viable, co-religionist commerce requires all the legal support necessary to sustain all other commercial relationships. Contracts must be enforced, parties must be protected against torts, and disputes must be reliably adjudicated.

Under current constitutional doctrine, co-religionist commercial agreements must be translated into secular terminology if there are to be judicially enforced. However, religious goods and services often cannot be accurately translated without religious ...


Some Thoughts On Law, Religious Freedom And The “Commercial Sphere”, Neil J. Foster 2014 SelectedWorks

Some Thoughts On Law, Religious Freedom And The “Commercial Sphere”, Neil J. Foster

Neil J Foster

Discusses the question of religious freedom in the commercial sphere.


Law And Religion: Sharia Law And The First Amendment, Joseph A. Williamson 2014 Liberty University

Law And Religion: Sharia Law And The First Amendment, Joseph A. Williamson

Senior Honors Theses

America has long been seen as the capital of religious freedom and individual rights. In recent years a debate has arisen over whether an individual can personally adhere to the legal concept of sharia law under the protections of the first amendment. At the center of this debate is precedent that can be drawn from previous interactions between religion and American ideals. Two similar issues that have been settled both judicially and legislatively are the conscientious draft objector and the federal prohibition of polygamy. By studying the roots of Islamic law and then the basis of these two concepts, a ...


Christian Persecution In Pakistan: An Examination Of Life In The Midst Of Violence, Rebecca Seiler 2014 Liberty University

Christian Persecution In Pakistan: An Examination Of Life In The Midst Of Violence, Rebecca Seiler

Senior Honors Theses

As a nation founded on religious freedom, it is the duty of the United States to recognize those who stand up for these beliefs across the world in solidarity. International persecution of Christians has dramatically increased due to the spread of radical Islam throughout the world, particularly in South Asia. By means of active, violent persecution as well as more passive forms of aggression, daily life for Pakistani Christians is both challenging and dangerous. While there is no easy solution to this issue, it is essential to continue advocating for those facing persecution and punish the oppressors. The American church ...


The Kingdom Of God In Samuel, Geoffrey P. Miller 2014 NELLCO

The Kingdom Of God In Samuel, Geoffrey P. Miller

New York University Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers

This paper argues that the idea of the kingdom of God in the Hebrew Bible refers to theocracy – the political system in which authority is exercised by God’s representative on earth. The relevant texts, most importantly parts of the Book of Samuel, explore the advantages and disadvantages of theocratic rule and compare that form of government with other models. Bible’s treatment of this topic is subtle and nuanced, recognizing virtues in theocratic rule but concluding, overall, that it does not deliver sustainable and effective governance in the real world.


Hammering Down Nails, Scott M. Lenhart 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

Hammering Down Nails, Scott M. Lenhart

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Saving Face: Acid Attack Laws After The U.N. Convention On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women, Lisa M. Taylor 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

Saving Face: Acid Attack Laws After The U.N. Convention On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women, Lisa M. Taylor

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Understanding The Islamic Prohibition Of Interest: A Guide To Aid Economic Cooperation Between The Islamic And Western Worlds, Hesham M. Sharawy 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

Understanding The Islamic Prohibition Of Interest: A Guide To Aid Economic Cooperation Between The Islamic And Western Worlds, Hesham M. Sharawy

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


So Help Me God: A Comparative Study Of Religious Interest Group Litigation, Jayanth K. Krishnan, Kevin R. den Dulk 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

So Help Me God: A Comparative Study Of Religious Interest Group Litigation, Jayanth K. Krishnan, Kevin R. Den Dulk

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


"When Has The Grim Reaper Finished Reaping?" How Embracing One Religion's View Of Death Can Influence Acceptance Of The Uniform Determination Of Death Act, Kenneth Shuster 2014 Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

"When Has The Grim Reaper Finished Reaping?" How Embracing One Religion's View Of Death Can Influence Acceptance Of The Uniform Determination Of Death Act, Kenneth Shuster

Touro Law Review

No abstract provided.


Discrimination, Language And Freedom Of Religion: Two Important Law And Religion Decisions In Australia, Neil J. Foster 2014 SelectedWorks

Discrimination, Language And Freedom Of Religion: Two Important Law And Religion Decisions In Australia, Neil J. Foster

Neil J Foster

The paper discusses two important recent cases at an appellate level in Australia raising issues to do with the intersection of law and religious commitment. One deals with discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation and whether religious groups should enjoy religious freedom to decline to support a non-Biblical view of sexual morality. The other deals with whether the members of a church can assert religious freedom rights against the leaders of the church.


Defining And Defending Borders; Just And Legal Wars In Jewish Thought And Practice, Mark Goldfeder 2014 Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Defining And Defending Borders; Just And Legal Wars In Jewish Thought And Practice, Mark Goldfeder

Touro Law Review

No abstract provided.


"Cain Rose Up Against His Brother Abel And Killed Him": Murder Or Manslaughter?, Irene Merker Rosenberg, Yale L. Rosenberg 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

"Cain Rose Up Against His Brother Abel And Killed Him": Murder Or Manslaughter?, Irene Merker Rosenberg, Yale L. Rosenberg

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Is The United Nations Endorsing Human Rights Violations?: An Analysis Of The United Nations' Combating Defamation Of Religions Resolutions And Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws, Rebecca J. Dobras 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

Is The United Nations Endorsing Human Rights Violations?: An Analysis Of The United Nations' Combating Defamation Of Religions Resolutions And Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws, Rebecca J. Dobras

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Free Exercise After The Arab Spring: Protecting Egypt’S Religious Minorities Under The Country’S New Constitution, James Michael Nossett 2014 Maurer School of Law: Indiana University

Free Exercise After The Arab Spring: Protecting Egypt’S Religious Minorities Under The Country’S New Constitution, James Michael Nossett

Indiana Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Human Rights And Universality: The Dilemma Of An Ideology That Wanted To Be A Science, Henri Féron 2014 SelectedWorks

Human Rights And Universality: The Dilemma Of An Ideology That Wanted To Be A Science, Henri Féron

Henri Féron

Naturalists see human rights as a moral science. They believe that, like the laws of physics, those rights exist and have universal authority regardless of whether we agree with them or not. Yet the debates leading to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights made clear that this interpretation was far from unanimous, and that the Declaration's contents had to be presented as an ideological consensus rather than naturalistic Truths. This has created a dilemma for naturalists: either they accept that human rights are dependent on agreement and only superficially universal, or they impose naturalism on non-naturalists to establish rights ...


Do All Roads Lead To Islamic Radicalism? A Comparison Of Islamic Laws In India And Nigeria, Amitabha Bose 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

Do All Roads Lead To Islamic Radicalism? A Comparison Of Islamic Laws In India And Nigeria, Amitabha Bose

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


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