Thursday, July 28, 2022

LevinsonFest on Wrestling with Religious Diversity

Guest Blogger

Ashley Moran

We’re pleased to share a fascinating and timely set of essays from our recent LevinsonFest 2022 panel, exploring constitutional challenges related to religion in plural societies.

The roundtable includes essays from John Adenitire (Queen Mary, University of London) on whether the law should recognize religion as a unique category, Douglas Laycock (University of Virginia) on friendship, tolerance, and religious liberty, Carol Nackenoff (Swarthmore College) on religious liberty at the intersection of the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses, Jaclyn Neo (National University of Singapore) on whether state neutrality toward religion can hold amid increasing religious diversification, Intisar Rabb (Harvard University) on pluralistic legal interpretation amid multiple constitutional faiths, Mark Scarberry (Pepperdine University) on whether minority faiths have fostered American unity, and Nomi Stolzenberg (University of Southern California) on bridging the divide between secularists and anti-secularists.

A response from Sandy Levinson (University of Texas at Austin) addresses all of these themes in assessing the relationship between law and religion over the last forty years.

The event discussion also included remarks from Sally Barringer Gordon (University of Pennsylvania), tracing the legal battles that shaped postwar Black spiritual life, and is available on the panel webpage. We hope you enjoy the discussions!

Ashley Moran is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Comparative Constitutions Project and Distinguished Scholar with UT’s Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. You can contact her at


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