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essay question 8 - Has the Supreme Court done an adequate...

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Has the Supreme Court done an adequate job in developing clear and appropriate guidelines for the interpretation of the First Amendment Religion Clauses? The Supreme Court has evolved their interpretation of the religion clauses that has been unclear and confusing to know the general rules. In 1879, Reynolds v. United States ruled in favor of a Utah statute outlawing polygamy. Reynolds argued that this was a part of his religion and failure to engage in this practice would cause eternal damnation. The Court upheld th Jefferson theory that there should be no exceptions for religiously motivated conduct and you have to follow the laws like everyone else. This outlined the “Belief- Conduct Distinction. However, in 1940, Cantwell v. Connecticut, the court ruled in favor of Cantwell determining that the state should play no role in determining what religious causes are, and no longer would the belief—conduct distinctions be applicable. In line
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