POSC 130g 4-7-09

POSC 130g 4-7-09 - POSC 130g 4/7/09 Religion o Constitution...

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POSC 130g 4/7/09 Religion o Constitution declares freedom of religion The freedom to practice your beliefs, whatever they may be o What defines a religion? US v. Seeger Conscientious objector, with no specific religion, did not  need to serve in armed forces DCV, expansion of rights Lemon v. Kurtzman Provide textbooks and other materials to private, religious  clause Statutes must neither advance or inhibiting religion or  cause for excessive entanglement Developed “Lemon test” CVC Lynch v. Donnelly Holiday decorations of public land Class Notes Free Exercise Clause Prohibits government from establishing religion and preventing the practice of  religion
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Historical Look: Belief vs. Practice o Reynolds v. United States  (1878) Reynolds was of the Mormon faith and was charged with the  crime of bigamy Reynolds asserted that having more than one spouse was part  of his faith USSC ruled for the govt. indicating there is a difference between  interfering with religious belief and religious practice.  Practices  are not covered by the Free Exercise of Religion
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course POSC 130g taught by Professor Below during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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