Securing Religious Liberty: Principles for Judicial Interpretation of the Religion Clausesby Jesse H. Choper
—Jay Wexler, Professor of Law, Boston University; author of 'Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the
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"Securing Religious Liberty remains one of the most clear, concise, comprehensive, and provocative accounts of the meaning of the First Amendment's Religion Clauses. A must read for anyone interested in our enduring battles between church and state."
—Jay Wexler, Professor of Law, Boston University; author of 'Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars' (2009)
Although the Constitution of the United States states that there shall be no laws that either establish or prohibit religion, the application of the Religion Clauses throughout United States history has been fraught with conflict and ambiguity. In this classic book, accessible to readers who are not lawyers or legal scholars, a leading constitutional law professor (and former law dean at Berkeley) proposed a set of guidelines meant to provide for the consistent application of the First Amendment's Religion Clauses.
Jesse Choper's thoughtful and pragmatic guidelines are designed to provide maximum protection for religious freedom without granting anyone an advantage, inflicting a disadvantage, or causing an unfair burden. Although Choper does not call for the wholesale overturning of judicial precedents or established social practices, the standards he has proposed would result in significant—and controversial—modifications to existing doctrines and customs. Choper argues, for instance, that while vocal prayer and Bible reading in public schools should continue to be prohibited, we can and should allow for silent prayer and objective courses in creation science. His standards would also, among other things, eliminate the tax exemption on property used exclusively for religious purposes while allowing parochial schools to receive public funds for the non-religious component of their education.
Originally published by the University of Chicago Press in 1995, this recognized and much-cited book is now presented in quality ebook formats by Quid Pro Books. Features include active TOC, linked notes, proper formatting, and even fully linked Index and Table of Cases. The latter list and link page numbers from the print edition, as does the Table of Contents, so that continuity in citation and referencing may be facilitated.
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Jesse Choper is a senior professor of constitutional law at the University of California at Berkeley and formerly served as Dean of the law school.
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