Constitutional Commitments and Religious Identity

10 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2010

Date Written: April 15, 2010


This essay comments on Steve Shiffrin's The Religious Left and Church-State Relations. It contends, on the one hand, that Shiffrin has valuably brought to the fore various reasons why religious believers might resist close relations between church and state. On the other hand, it argues that no fundamental connection exists between the "religious Left" and a particular position on church-state relations and that religious liberals will not necessarily be more persuasive than secular liberals in arguing against positions espoused by religious conservatives.

Keywords: First Amendment, homeschooling, religious liberals

Suggested Citation

Meyler, Bernadette A., Constitutional Commitments and Religious Identity (April 15, 2010). Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

Bernadette A. Meyler (Contact Author)

Stanford Law School ( email )

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

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