The Story of the School Prayer Decisions: Civil Religion under Assault
Thomas C. Berg
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law
June 3, 2011
FIRST AMENDMENT STORIES, Richard Garnett, Andrew Koppelman, eds., Foundation Press, 2011
U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-18
This chapter, from Foundation Press's forthcoming "First Amendment Stories" volume, traces the background, resolution, and impact of the Supreme Court's first school prayer decisions, Engel v. Vitale and Abington School Dist. v. Schempp. Among other things, the chapter traces the relation of the Regents' Prayer, struck down in Engel, to the nondenominational theistic civil religion of the 1950s, and the relation of constitutional attacks on the prayer to various criticisms of that civil religion from both religious and nonreligious quarters.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: First Amendment, Establishment Clause, Religious Freedom, Separation of Church and State, School Prayer, Civil Religion, Religious Minorities
JEL Classification: I20Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 6, 2011
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