August 24, 2016

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In this episode, we look at a recent lawsuit filed by the notorious Satanic Temple challenging abortion restrictions in the state of Missouri. In the main segment, Andrew tells you how to read a Complaint, and Thomas offers advice to the Satanic Temple’s lawyers about which arguments are more persuasive to him.

Our opening segment begins with “Breakin’ (Down) the Law,” where we discuss a catchy legal phrase, “in perpetuity throughout the universe.” Why would anyone say that?? Andrew explains why. In our closing segment, we look at a Tennessee state representative, who tells us that everyone knows you should burn those red light camera tickets! (No. No, you should not.)

H/T for both the episode content and the “Closed Arguments” segment goes to the newly-married Eli Bosnick! Congratulations and thanks.

Show Notes & Links

  1. The Complaint filed by the Satanic Temple in federal court.
  2. The decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri dismissing the Satanic Temple’s lawsuit.
  3. Hemant Mehta’s discussion of the case on the Friendly Atheist blog.
  4. Attorney Marci Hamilton’s opinion that the case will be overturned on appeal.
  5. The Knoxville News-Sentinel article about state Rep. Andy Holt, who is encouraging citizens to burn their red light camera tickets.

Law Talkin' Stuff

Law Court Thingies
Magic Law Words




  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:01:53] Breakin' (Down) the Law: What does it mean to say in perpetuity throughout the Universe?
  • [00:07:29] Main Segment: What is the Satanic Temple?
    • [00:11:45] Listener Thomas S. asks, "Does the sincerely held religious belief of the Satanic Temple count in the judicial system?" Employment Division v. Smith
    • [00:14:08] Wisconsin v. Yoder: Amish can pull their kids out of school early
    • [00:16:07] Andrew explains what the lawsuit is about, and how to read a complaint
    • [00:22:41] Abortion laws in Missouri and the claims in the case
    • [00:29:14] Lemon v. Kurtzman: Establishment Clause and the Lemon test
  • [00:39:40] Are You a Cop: Should you burn your red light traffic tickets? (No)
  • [00:45:33] Thank the Patrons
  • [00:47:14] Patron Hall of Fame
  • [00:48:00] Outro

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