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Indeterminacy and the Establishment Clause

Frederick Mark Gedicks

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

April 18, 2009

Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 25, p. 279, June 2009

Prepared for a symposium on Kent Greenawalt, 2 Religion and the Constitution: Establishment and Fairness (Princeton, 2008), this essay responds to Professor Greenawalt's criticism of my argument in The Rhetoric of Church and State (Duke, 1995), that Establishment Clause doctrine is the incoherent residue of conflicting rhetorical discourses of religious communitarianism and secular individualism. Not only are the Supreme Court's Establishment Clause decisions inconsistent at the margins, but there is no identifiable core meaning that can account for these decisions. The essay concludes that, contra Greenawalt, the thesis of conflicting rhetorical discourses remains the most powerful explanation of the Court's doctrine in this area.

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Keywords: discourse, establishment clause, financial aid, indeterminacy, neutrality, religious communitarianism, religious symbols, rhetoric, secular individualism

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Date posted: November 25, 2008 ; Last revised: June 9, 2015

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Gedicks, Frederick Mark, Indeterminacy and the Establishment Clause (April 18, 2009). Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 25, p. 279, June 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1305742

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