Publications

SCHOLARLY

Testimony to January 6th Select Committee, “Christian Nationalism and the Capitol Insurrection,” March 18, 2022.

“Christian Nationalism at the January 6, 2021, Insurrection,” report. February 9, 2022. Published jointly by the Baptist Joint Committee and FFRF. 

Bad History, Bad Opinions: How “law office history” is leading the courts astray on school board prayer and the First Amendment, 12 Northeastern Law Review 248 (2020). Here.

Dating God: What Is “Year of Our Lord” Doing in the U.S. Constitution?, 3 Constitutional Studies 129-151 (2018). Here.

Expert Testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Colorado Advisory Committee., “No Aid Clauses should be preserved and enforced,” Denver, CO, July 18, 2017. Final Report “Blaine Amendment: Colorado Constitution’s No Aid Clause and Its Impact In Colorado.” 

Inexcusable: These Common Misconceptions Do Not Justify Religious Violations in Public Schools, 4 Education Law & Policy Review 22 (2017). Online.

Pray to Play: Christian coaches and chaplains are converting football fields into mission fields, Freedom From Religion Foundation (August, 2015) (co-authors Andrew L. Seidel and Patrick Elliott)

OPINION

-2022-

Religion Dispatches, “No More Pencils, No More Books: The Ultimate Goal of all those Anti-Education Bills that Nobody’s Talking About,” Jan. 27, 2022.

Religion Dispatches, “Praying for a Victory: Packed Supreme Court takes up yet Another Christian Nationalist Cause,” Jan. 15, 2022.

-2021-

The Progressive, “SCOTUS Commission Misses the Mark,” Dec. 9, 2021.

Religion Dispatches, “Vaccine mandates are constitutional; religious exemptions are unnecessary and harmful,” Oct. 8, 2021.

Religion Dispatches, “Could this Supreme Court undo marriage equality?,” Sept. 23, 2021.

Religion Dispatches, “A Love Letter to #Exvangelicals and those Deconstructing their Toxic Faith,” Sept. 20, 2021.

Religion Dispatches, “Goodbye Roe, hello violence and an out-of-control judiciary,” Sept. 1, 2021.

Religion Dispatches, “Sacrificing Children on the Altar on Religious Freedom: A Flood of Mask and Vaccine Lawsuits are Warping ‘Religious Freedom,’ ” July 23, 2021.

The Tennessean, “Tennessee should end religious tests for public office impartially,” June 8, 2021.

Religion Dispatches, “Arkansas’s Creationism Bill is Also Motivated by Anti-LGBTQ Bigotry,” April 13, 2021.

Religion Dispatches, “Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Spouts Christian Nationalism Defending Racist Voter Suppression,” March 25, 2021.

The Daily Courier, “Arizona voucher bill anti-democratic, anti-education, and threat to religious freedom.” March 11, 2021.

Religion Dispatches, “Blinken and Blinkered: Two Oath of Office Stories Capture a Divided America,” Jan. 29, 2021.

-2020-

Religion Dispatches, “The Inauguration’s Beautiful Call for Unity was Undermined by the Invocation of Religion,” Jan. 21, 2020.

The Progressive, “Leave God Out of the Presidential Oath,” Jan. 19, 2021.

Religion Dispatches, “Inevitable megachurch abuse of PPP funds is coming to light—private jet included,” Dec. 15, 2020.

Religion Dispatches, “With this Thanksgiving Bombshell SCOTUS Began Implementation of an Ultraconservative Agenda,” Nov. 30, 2020.  

Religion Dispatches, “Trump’s Lawsuit Amounts to ‘a Tweet With a Filing Fee,’ But That’s Not the Whole Strategy,” Nov. 5, 2020.

Religion Dispatches, “A Hidden Amy Coney Barrett Answer on COVID that should Scare Every American,” Oct. 21, 2020.

Religion Dispatches, “Pulitzer-Prize Winning Historians latest reveals the problem with Today’s ‘Religious Freedom,’ ” Oct. 21, 2020.

Religion Dispatches, “Trump’s Nominee RBG’s seat is unfit. By definition,” Sept. 21, 2020.

Religion Dispatches, “Fundraising for Kyle Rittenhouse Reveals American Christianity’s White Supremacy Problem,” Sept. 2, 2020.

The State Journal “Kentucky judge unfit for federal appeals court,” May 22, 2020.

The Cap Times, “Stimulus bailout for religious entities is unconstitutional,” May 7, 2020.

Religion Dispatches, “Desantis’ religious exemption will kill—and it violates the 1st Amendment,” April 6, 2020.

Religion Dispatches, “Taxpayers cannot be forced to fund churches—even in a pandemic,” April 2, 2020.

Friendly Atheist, “The Alabama GOP Primary is a Christian Nationalist Trainwreck,” Feb. 23, 2020.

Friendly Atheist, “Iowa Legislators Are Considering Nine Bills Promoting Christian Nationalism,” Feb. 21, 2020.

Religion Dispatches, “Trump’s SOTU Address was a Christian Nationalist Dog Whistle,” Feb. 7, 2020.

Religion Dispatches, “School Voucher SCOTUS Case Isn’t About Choice, It’s About Coerced Support for Religion,” Jan. 22, 2020.

-2019-

Religion Dispatches, “Christian Nationalists Aim to Dismantle this Core Freedom,” Jan. 15, 2019.

The Salt Lake Tribune, “In LDS Church scandal, spare a thought for the victims,” Dec. 22, 2019

Religion Dispatches, “Whistleblower alleges $100b hoarding scandal by LDS Church but there’s an easy fix,” Dec. 22,2019.

The Cap Times, “An order of Catholic priests is stiffing taxpayers in Monona,” Dec. 14, 2019.

The Cap Times, “Christian nationalism is on the march in the Wisconsin Capitol,” Nov. 11, 2019.

Rewire News, “Trump White House Cranks Religion to 11 As Impeachment Looms,” Nov. 4, 2019.

The Friendly Atheist, “Most Christians Are Better Than Christianity: A Response to Nicholas Kristof,” Oct. 29, 2019.

Rewire News, “The Religious Motto That Isn’t Religious: How ‘In God We Trust’ Remains Constitutional,” August 28, 2019.

Rewire News, “The Story of ‘In God We Trust,’ Our Christian Nationalist Motto,” August 27, 2019.

Rewire News, “The Latest Attempts to Get ‘In God We Trust’ Into Schools is a Coordinated Christian Nationalist Push,” August 26, 2018.

Rewire News, “Clergy Shouldn’t Be Able to Steal Funds for Grindr or Dolls,” August 25, 2019.

Wisconsin State Journal, “Josh Kaul should scrap DOJ’s chaplain program,” August 12, 2019.

Slate, “Alito Says Moving a Big Cross Would Be Like a Reign of Anti-Religious Terror. Really?,” June 21, 2019.

Rewire News, “SCOTUS’ Bladensburg Cross Ruling is a Church-State Mess,” June 20, 2019.

The Austin American-Statesman, “Ten Commandments don’t belong in Texas public schools,” May 1, 2019.