The 'Licentiousness' in Religious Organizations and Why it is Not Protected Under Religious Liberty Constitutional Provisions
Marci A. Hamilton
Cardozo Law School
September 12, 2010
William & Mary Bill of Rights, Vol. 18, No. 953, 2010
Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 316
There is no doubt that the sexual abuse of children occurs within religious organizations and that these organizations too often operate to perpetuate cycles of abuse. There was a time when such a statement was counter-intuitive, but it is now merely a statement of fact. One difficult question to answer is how the law has failed to protect the vulnerable in religious organizations. Misguided reliance on the First Amendment is partly to blame.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: First Amendment, free exercise, licentious, licentiousness, Constitution, conduct, belief, religious liberty, sex abuse, polygamy
Date posted: September 13, 2010 ; Last revised: November 26, 2010
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