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Social Architecture And The Law: Law, Through The Lens Of Religion, Lorin Geitner Apr 2013

Social Architecture And The Law: Law, Through The Lens Of Religion, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

How can we account for the differing popular images of attorney in variouscountries? One way of doing so may be to bring a paradigm developed in religious studies toexamine the most publically accessible and prototypical venue for attorneys, the courtroom.Specifically, applying the model of critical spatial studies developed by Lefebvre and Soja inorder to examine religious ritual space to bear on a different kind of ritual space, the courtroom,its structure, organization, and use may illuminate both societal understandings of how the lawrelates to the citizen, but also inform the differing perception and status of lawyers in the United ...


Issues Of Law And Religion In The News -- Amish Beard Cutters, Hate Crimes, And The Limits Of The Commerce Clause, Lorin Geitner Dec 2011

Issues Of Law And Religion In The News -- Amish Beard Cutters, Hate Crimes, And The Limits Of The Commerce Clause, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

Amish are being tried under a Federal Hate Crimes statute in Ohio for cutting the beards of elders in another Amish community. Why such a strange form of assault? Since this is an Amish on Amish crime, does it constitute a hate crime? And is the reliance of the statute on the commerce clause over-reaching, and potentially under-reaching as well?


Social Architecture And The Law, Lorin Geitner Dec 2011

Social Architecture And The Law, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

The reputation of attorneys has steadily declined over the last 50 years. How can we determine why this has occurred? Given the relatively high reputation of British Barristers, a comparison of US and British court room arrangement and practice may provide some clues, and the heuristic of "critical spatial studies" provides a methodology.


Issues Of Law And Religion In The News -- Hutterites, Lorin Geitner Dec 2011

Issues Of Law And Religion In The News -- Hutterites, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

The Hutterites are an Anabaptist group who live communally. This lifestyle has allowed them to compete against private construction firms in Montana. A new law requires the Hutterites to carry workers compensation for their members who work in construction. The Hutterites counter that they already have provisions in their society that provide all the coverage provided by workers compensation. The legislator who sponsored this bill says this bill is needed to provide an even playing field. What are the Hutterites history, beliefs and practices which lead them to believe this is redundant? What are the legal principles involved? Who is ...


Issues Of Law And Religion In The News -- Mennonites, Lorin Geitner Dec 2011

Issues Of Law And Religion In The News -- Mennonites, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

An ordinance in Mitchell county, Iowa, forbade the use of tractors with steel-rim tires on county roads, for the sake of road preservation. The Groffdale Old Order Mennonites, however, require their members to use just such tires, for religious reasons. When a Mennonite youth received a citation for driving such a tractor on the road, it set off a nearly prototypical Church/State conflict. What do steel-rim tires have to do with religion? And does the county's concern with preserving roads trump this religious practice, or vice versa?


Issues Of Law And Religion, In The News -- Non-Catholic Teachers Fired For Fertility Treatments, Lorin Geitner Dec 2011

Issues Of Law And Religion, In The News -- Non-Catholic Teachers Fired For Fertility Treatments, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

Two non-Catholic teachers had been fired from Catholic schools, for breaching Catholic doctrine when it comes to acceptable fertility treatments. Has the Catholic Church breached its employment contracts with these teachers? If so, would it still be protected under the ministerial exception?


Eruv And Establishment, Lorin Geitner Dec 2009

Eruv And Establishment, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

An examination of how the Orthodox Jewish practice known as an "eruv", based in Jewish religious law, can help illustrate the tension between the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses of the First Amendment.


Common Features In The Development Of Three World Religions, Lorin Geitner Dec 2009

Common Features In The Development Of Three World Religions, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

The religions of Manichaeism, Sikhism and Bahai share an unusual combination of traits: they are all inclusivist, syncretistic and universalizing. This paper compares the context of their creation to determine if there were any common social, political and historical pressures present at that time which would account for these similarities.


Law And Religion – The First Amendment And The Problems Of Alienation, Lorin Geitner Dec 2009

Law And Religion – The First Amendment And The Problems Of Alienation, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

A survey of the different patterns of the relationship between of law to religion (and vice versa) in the course of world history, in order to provide historical and legal context and argue for the notion that the United States, truly, a secular society, but rather a religiously pluralistic one.


The 'Next Friends' Suit: Mary Baker Eddy And The Church Of Christ Scientist, On Trial, Lorin Geitner Dec 2009

The 'Next Friends' Suit: Mary Baker Eddy And The Church Of Christ Scientist, On Trial, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

An examination of the competency trial of Mary Baker Eddy, and its subsequent effects and consequences.


Westboro Baptist And The Limits Of Religious Speech, Lorin Geitner Dec 2008

Westboro Baptist And The Limits Of Religious Speech, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

A discussion of the role of defense attorneys, the implications of the prosecutorial burden of proof, the Supreme Court case of Phelps v. Snyder, and a corresponding incident in Floyd County Virginia involving the posting of the 10 Commandments in a public school, by different parties, and why there were differing results depending upon the party.


End-Times In The East: Eschatology In Hinduism And Jainism, Lorin Geitner Dec 2005

End-Times In The East: Eschatology In Hinduism And Jainism, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

A comparative examination of the idea of end-times is Hinduism and Jainism.


Mary And Isis, Lorin Geitner Dec 2004

Mary And Isis, Lorin Geitner

Lorin C. Geitner

An examination of the degree to which the modern conception of the Virgin Mary was affected and influenced by the cult of Isis.