School Vouchers, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Williams, and Protecting the Faithful: Warnings from the Eighteenth Century and the Seventeenth Century on the Danger of Establishments to Religious Communities

31 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2009  

Paul Finkelman

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This article emphasizes the threat to religious freedom and religious liberty imposed by school vouchers. The majority of private schools in the United States are associated with religious organizations. By discussing the role of separation of religion and state in the Jeffersonian era, the history of Roger Williams and three modern Supreme Court cases, this article argues that publically funded school vouchers violate the separation of religion and state and thus pose a threat to education, religion, and people of faith.

Keywords: religious freedom, school vouchers

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, School Vouchers, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Williams, and Protecting the Faithful: Warnings from the Eighteenth Century and the Seventeenth Century on the Danger of Establishments to Religious Communities (2008). Brigham Young University Law Review, Vol. 2008, No. 2, p. 525, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1422650

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