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Non-Mainstream Religions and the Law

17 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2011  

Pamela Edwards

CUNY School of Law

Date Written: June 13, 2011


This essay analyzes how U.S. courts treat non-mainstream religions as compared to mainstream religions. Despite the commonalities shared by all religions, courts allow States to infringe upon the religious practices of adherents of non-mainstream religions more frequently than adherents of mainstream religions.

Keywords: Santeria, Native American Church, Voodoo, Religions, Religious Practices

JEL Classification: K19

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Edwards, Pamela, Non-Mainstream Religions and the Law (June 13, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Pamela Edwards (Contact Author)

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