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Jay Wexler on Pluralistic Religious Speech

Season 1, Ep. 269

In this episode, Jay D. Wexler, Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, discusses his new book, "Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others Are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life," which is published by Redwood Press, the trade imprint of the Stanford University Press. Wexler begins by describing how the Supreme Court has historically decided Establishment Clause cases relating to religious speech by the government and in public spaces, observing that the question is especially timely because the Court is currently considering a case on the question. He then reflects on different ways of thinking about the limits on public religious speech. He considers several examples, including the Summum religion and the Satanic Temple, and how those organizations have intervened in the debate over public religious speech. And he closes by explaining why pluralism in public religious speech could improve public discourse. Wexler is on Twitter at @SCOTUSHUMOR.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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