Jacob Barrett is a Master’s student in the Religion in Culture program at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, USA. He is interested in pursuing questions about religion and governance, law, and the state through contemporary examples from American politics. His current work examines how notions about religious freedom and sincerely held belief function as governing mechanisms that allow the state to manage dissent.
This month's Discourse! centres on questions of the secular and the religious in the contemporary public square. What does it mean to be a secular space? How do institutions "deal with" religious ideas and identities in such a space? We talk about religious bias in universities, how religious spokespeople affect politics, and how religious freedom sometimes trumps other forms of freedom. Tune in with host Jacob Barrett and guests Richard Irvine and Jacob Noblett to learn more!
Kicking off our first episode of Discourse!, RSP co-founder David Robertson, Ting Guo, and Jacob Barrett discuss the effects of classification in vaccination resistance, the Texas abortion ban, and the equation of the hijab with oppression. It's an exciting episode—be sure to tune in!