Constitutional Debates On Freedom Of Religion

Constitutional Debates On Freedom Of Religion

by John Patrick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313301409

ISBN-13: 9780313301407

Pub. Date: 11/30/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Debates over the separation or accommodation of religion and government have divided Americans since the founding of our country and continue to echo in governmental chambers today, as people argue sharply and heatedly about the exact meaning and correct applications of First Amendment clauses on religious establishment and free exercise of religion. Students can

Overview

Debates over the separation or accommodation of religion and government have divided Americans since the founding of our country and continue to echo in governmental chambers today, as people argue sharply and heatedly about the exact meaning and correct applications of First Amendment clauses on religious establishment and free exercise of religion. Students can trace the history and development of these arguments, as well as the reactions to them, through this unique collection of over 70 primary documents. Court cases and other documents bring to life the controversies surrounding the issues. Explanatory introductions to documents aid users in understanding the various arguments put forth, while illuminating the significance of each document.

Patrick and Long trace the origins and changes in the nature of the debates surrounding the issue of freedom of religion using carefully chosen court cases and other documents to reflect the fact that the Court's decision has not always ended public controversy about the relationships between church and state or religion and government. Indeed, especially in recent years, the Court's decisions in some cases have exacerbated old tensions and generated new issues. The focus throughout is on the connection between the U.S. Constitution and freedom of religion. The introductory and explanatory text help readers understand the nature of the conflicts, the issues being litigated, the social and cultural pressures that shaped each debate, and the manner in which the passions of individual government officials, justices, and our presidents affected the development of policies concerning freedom of religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313301407
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1999
Series:
Primary Documents in American History and Contemporary Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Introduction

Chronology of Key Events

Colonial Roots of Religious Liberty, 1606-1776

Religious Liberty in the Founding of the United States, 1776-1791

The Constitutional Right to Free Exercise of Religion, 1791-1991

The Constitutional Prohibition of an Establishment of Religion, 1791-1991

Constitutional Issues on Freedom of Religion, 1991-1998

Index

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