The No Religion Zone: Constitutional Limitations on Religious Association in the Public Sphere

32 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2001

Date Written: 2001


The last decade has witnessed an explosion of religious activity in the public sphere. Political candidates of both parties loudly pronounce their individual faith and link. that faith directly to their political values. Candidates use religious gatherings as political podiums and confidently assert that their God and His teachings define the country's very nature. Meanwhile, activities conducted by religious groups in public schools have become both more numerous and more prominent in the last decade. These activities include public prayer sessions at graduation ceremonies and extracurricular events, meetings by religious organizations on public school properly, prayer sessions around flagpoles outside public school buildings, and religious assemblies on school property, sometimes during the school day. Religious activities by groups of adults in public spaces other than schools have also multiplied. Religious groups conduct large-scale religious ceremonies in public parks, erect religious displays inside and outside public buildings, and even build permanent religious structures on public land.

Suggested Citation

Gey, Steven G., The No Religion Zone: Constitutional Limitations on Religious Association in the Public Sphere (2001). Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 85, 2001; FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 27. Available at SSRN: or

Steven G. Gey (Contact Author)

Florida State University ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States
850-644-5467 (Phone)
850-644-5487 (Fax)

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