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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.

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Keywords: religion, First Amendment, Free Exercise Clause, Establishment Clause, original meaning

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Strang, Lee J., The Meaning of 'Religion' in the First Amendment (January 1, 2001). Duquesne University Law Review, Vol. 40, 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2014023

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