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RUNNING HEAD: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OUTLINE 1 Religious Freedom Outline Marc Boykins POL 303 The American Constitution Instructor: Lawrence Olson June 19, 2016 Ashford University
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OUTLINE 2 Religious Freedom Outline 1. Introductions A. The purpose of this paper is to examine how the concepts of federalism interact with the constitutional issue, religious freedoms. The United States is a country that has allowed choices when it comes to religious liberties. The United States even allows individuals an opportunity not even to believe in a God. Then again, the first amendment to the United States Constitution undoubtedly gives Americans religious freedoms, despite the interpretation of various laws, which take away many American’s religious liberty (Ivers, 2013). In the late 1600’s many settlers came to the New World in search of religious liberties. The Puritans, Anabaptists, and Quakers were a religious group that escaped persecution in England. These religious groups immigrated to the New World with the idea that religion was a freedom and could be worship how the various religious groups pleased (Freedom of religion. Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2016). The first amendment offers a definite restriction on the federal government’s power to inhibit religious freedoms (Ivers, 2013). 2. Thesis A. Does this mean that all laws should abide by the first amendment? The information in this paper will discuss one positive and one negative impact that federalism has on religious freedom. Lastly, this assignment will also evaluate which impact either positive or negative has on religious freedom. 3. Main Point 1: Identify implications for federalism related to the topic.
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OUTLINE 3 A. Because of the fourteenth amendment the federal government is allowed to interfere if the state is in violation of constitutionally protected civil liberties (Levy, 2011). 4. Provide a topic sentence that describes one positive impact of federalism on the selected topic. A. The federal government allows Americans to express any religion they choose, even though some might not agree.
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