The Fall of Free Exercise: From 'No Law' to Compelling Interests to Any Law Otherwise Valid

17 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2008  

Vincent Martin Bonventre

Albany Law School

Abstract

This article is based on remarks made by Prof. Vincent M. Bonventre at an Albany Law School symposium on the current state of religious freedom under Supreme Court jurisprudence. Bonventre surveys the evolution of free exercise protection under the First Amendment. He then criticizes the Supreme Court's drastic dilution of that fundamental right to a mere privilege, subordinate to any otherwise valid legislation, in the Court's 1990 decision in Oregon v. Smith.

Keywords: Free Exercise, Relgion, First Amendment

Suggested Citation

Bonventre, Vincent Martin, The Fall of Free Exercise: From 'No Law' to Compelling Interests to Any Law Otherwise Valid. Albany Law Review, Vol. 70, No. 4, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1139414

Vincent Martin Bonventre (Contact Author)

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