The Meaning of 'Religion' in the First Amendment
Lee J. Strang
Georgetown Center for the Constitution; University of Toledo College of Law
January 1, 2001
Duquesne University Law Review, Vol. 40, 2002
This Article articulates the original meaning of “religion” in the First Amendment. This Article contends that “religion,” in 1791, meant: belief in a God, with concomitant duties in this life, and a future state of rewards and punishments. Religion did not encompass atheism.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 60
Keywords: religion, First Amendment, Free Exercise Clause, Establishment Clause, original meaning
Date posted: March 1, 2012
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