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Freedom of Religion

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J Nelson

on 31 July 2013

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Transcript of Freedom of Religion

Free Exercise


Freedom OF and From Religion are Intertwined...at at times butt-heads.
Freedom of Religion is like having two trains on a crash course...
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..."
Supreme Court Cases
"Congress shall make no law...or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
We are free to practice any religion we choose, as long as it doesn't conflict with any laws (ex. polygamy).
Is church and state really separated?
freedom FROM religion...
why was this important to the Founding Fathers?
Aren't we supposed to have separation between church and state?
But what does that mean or look like?
Engel v. Vitale (1962)
struck down daily prayer for students
Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971)
"Lemon Test"
1. The purpose of the aid must be non religious
2. The aid can neither advance nor inhibit religion.
3. Aid must not excessively entangle the government with religion.

freedom FOR religion
The government supports churches and religion in a variety of ways, including tax exemption.
Religion and Education:
release time
prayers and the Bible
aid to parochial schools (Lemon Test)
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