Osgoode Colloquium on Law, Religion & Social Thought

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Freedom of religion; Religion and state; Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School--Trials, litigtation, etc.; United States


Winnifred Sullivan (SUNY Buffalo) raises questions about the contemporary place of religion in U.S. constitutional and political life. Analyzing and interpreting the recent Hosanna-Tabor decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, Prof. Sullivan provocatively argues that the United States is in a period of "establishment envy" in its relationship to religion, secularism, and ideas of "the church." She challenges those in attendance to think imaginatively about a world in which freedom of religion would no longer be a satisfying framework for working through questions of religious diversity and secularism.

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