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In this solo episode (Jessica will be back next week), I spoke with Andrew Seidel, the Vice President of Strategic Communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the author of The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American. He’s written and spoken extensively about these issues in a variety of online and print publications, and on several news shows.
His latest book, out this month, is called American Crusade: How the Supreme Court is Weaponizing Religious Freedom.
1:08 How did you write a book about the Supreme Court when the Court kept issuing new, harmful rulings? (An update to the book can be found here: https://andrewlseidel.com/moreac/)
3:24 What church/state barriers are next to fall?
8:09 Is the Federalist Society a Christian organization?
13:37 Why isn’t there a liberal equivalent to the Federalist Society?
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16:34 Is the Supreme Court helping or hurting the country?
18:40 Is there one justice whose presence is ultra-crusade-y?
21:04 Should we care about the details of Amy Coney Barrett’s faith?
24:16 What impact will Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson have on this Court?
25:45 What would be the best way to fight back against this activist Court?
33:45 What does success mean for you when it comes to readers of “American Crusade”?
42:10 What do you say to future lawyers who care about church/state issues?