What is 'An Establishment of Religion?'
William W. Van Alstyne
William & Mary Law School
North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 65, p. 909, 1987
William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-142
This critical examination of the phrase “an establishment of religion” contained within the First Amendment uses an analysis to the exact language to draw out several possible interpretations, including: state established churches, the conventional understanding restricting any legislation dealing with religion, and the existence of religion in the actual operation of government.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: First Amendment, Establishment Clause, religionAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 21, 2011 ; Last revised: October 6, 2011
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