Yeshiva University refused to recognize a student “Pride Alliance” club based on its inconsistency with Torah values. A group of students and alumni has sued the university, demanding official recognition of the club. On 14 September 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to protect the university from a New York trial court order requiring it to recognize the LGBTQ+ club. BYU Law Professor Frederick Mark Gedicks comments on the main issue of the case, elaborates on the strongest arguments in favor of Yeshiva’s and the club’s positions, and tries to predict how the U.S. Supreme Court would decide this case on merits.
On 27 June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a former high school football coach had a right to pray on the 50-yard line at the conclusion of a game. BYU Law Professor Frederick Mark Gedicks explains why he thinks this decision is problematic, particularly for small religious groups, and how it will affect the Court’s Establishment Clause jurisprudence.
On 23 December 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. Dr. Nadia Bernaz discusses the Act’s main provisions, the reaction of the U.S. business community, the EU approach to combatting forced labor, and the expected effectiveness of this legislation.
Dr. Dmytro Vovk discusses the religious dimension of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict including the influence of religion on the conflict, threats to religious freedom in the territories affected by the conflict and church-state relations in Ukraine in the context of the conflict.
Catherine Wanner discusses the role of anthropological approach in studying religion, the difference between religion and faith, atheists campaigns in communist countries, religiosity and religious life of post-communist societies, and religious lessons of the communist era.
Read the full printed version of Catherine Wanner’s interview here.
Knox Thames discusses U.S. religious freedom diplomacy, ambiguous interrelations between democracy and religious freedom protection, vulnerability of LGBT-community, converts, and atheists, and perspectives of international religious freedom.
Read the full printed version of Knox Thames’s interview here.
Webinar Advancing Religious Freedom in Different Political Regimes held on 7 June 2021 to highlight opportunities and successful stories, as well as challenges and failures in promoting religious freedom globally.
Moderated by Dmytro Vovk.
Webinar God in Secular Constitutions held on 7 Dec 2020 to learn more about religion and secular constitutionalism with focus on the Australian, German, Polish, and Russian constitutions.
Moderated by Dmytro Vovk.