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Constitutional Law II Free Exercise Clause
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 2 Free Exercise Clause “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Principal Inquiry: To what extent does gov’t burden religious  exercises and beliefs Types of government interference: Prohibition/penalty on belief Prohibition of exercise (religious practices) Burden/regulation of exercise
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 3 Free Exercise Clause “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Principal Inquiry: To what extent does gov’t burden religious  exercises and beliefs Types of government interference: Prohibition/penalty on belief Compare forced or prohibited speech Prohibition of exercise (religious practices) Compare O’Brien test: regulation of symbolic speech Burden/regulation of exercise speech/action
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 4 Early Cases Reynolds v. US   (1878) No religious exemption from general polygamy laws “Congress was deprived of all power over mere opinion  (belief), but was left free to reach actions which were in  violation of social duties or subversive of good order.   Laws are made for the government of actions, and while  they cannot interfere with mere religious belief and  actions, they may with practices.” Cantwell v. Connecticut  (1940) JehWit. arrested for distributing anti-Catholic material “the free exercise clause embraces two concepts-- freedom to believe and freedom to act. The first is  absolute, but in the nature of things, the second cannot  be.  Conduct remains subject to regulation.”
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 5 Sherbert v. Verner   (1963) Facts: S.Carolina denied unemployment insurance to 
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