Atheism & the Law

Legal issues involving atheism, agnosticism, and freethinking, including discussion of the constitutionality of laws or policies that violate the 1st Amendment, how atheism affects marriage and divorce, and anything else of a legal nature.

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How to Have Your Fake and Beat it, Too: Atheists Refused Right to Give Invocation

Started by James M. Martin Aug 23. 0 Replies

If a good civil rights organization's legal wing -- I would suggest the A.C.L.U. -- jumps on this and files suit to enforce the atheists' rights to give an invocation at a public meeting, there is a…Continue

God in the Courtroom: Evidence From States That Allow Underage Women to File Anonymous Suits Without Parental Consent

Started by James M. Martin. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 18. 1 Reply

There is a fascinating article in the new Mother Jones (Sept.-Oct., 2014) about states that allow underaged women to have a hearing before a judge to determine if they can go forward with an abortion…Continue

An Eye for an Eye and the Infallible Word of God

Started by James M. Martin. Last reply by Steph S. Nov 3, 2013. 4 Replies

Church & State, the monthly magazine of Americans United for Separation of Church and State for November, 2013 carried an account of a blatant violation of a criminal defendant's civil rights by…Continue

Shoplifting From God's Chosen People: Some Thoughts on a Criminal Trial

Started by James M. Martin Aug 14, 2013. 0 Replies

I have grown curious to learn if there are any connections between criminal convictions and the religious beliefs of jurors.  Our county courthouse displays the Ten Commandments on the lawn out…Continue

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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 16, 2014 at 7:46am

When Atheists want to chill out they go to  the Nothing Channel !

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on October 15, 2013 at 2:19pm
Comment by James M. Martin on June 28, 2012 at 5:08pm
Those old scales of justice are coming slowly back into balance: if it doesn't entirely make up for Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, the AHA decision suggests that not all the Scalito crowd are knee-jerk conservatives. The surprising thing is that Roberts looked to the tax clause and not the commerce clause for constitutionality. The question now is, will the Right argue taxes are subject to repeal, so the mandate could be gutted by Congress.
Comment by James M. Martin on May 7, 2012 at 6:34pm

Thanks, Steph.  I blog here now and then.  I am becoming acutely aware of the role religion plays in our court system.

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2012 at 12:57am
Hi James! I just found your group here! Looks great! I can't wait to get caught up on the discussions.
Comment by James M. Martin on January 8, 2011 at 5:39pm
Well, now, let's say Percy Shelley had contested in court his being disowned by his religious father, wouldn't his atheism have become an issue?  I rather doubt the bench would allow in such evidence in this day and age, but we have a judge a couple of counties away who keeps a "God" slogan next to the American flag.  I think it references the commandment about bearing false witness.  As if we had to be religious to avoid that!  No, I think atheist issues will grow in importance in jurisprudence of the 21st century.  I hope it does.

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