The Meaning of 'Religion' in the First Amendment
60 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2012
Date Written: January 1, 2001
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.
Keywords: religion, First Amendment, Free Exercise Clause, Establishment Clause, original meaning
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