Supreme Court Cases on the Free Exercise Clause | A Primary Source Close Read w/ BRI
The Free Exercise Clause states: "Congress shall make no law...prohibiting the free exercise (of religion)," but how exactly can this be applied to everyday life, and where can it become complicated? In this Close Read, Josh and Tony dissect some of the most famous Supreme Court cases involving the Free Exercise Clause. What happens when an individual's religious beliefs conflict with employment expectations or state law?
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Primary Source Close Reading with BRI investigates some of the most pivotal speeches and documents that made America. In this series, join BRI staff Kirk Higgins and guests as they dissect how seminal documents, court cases, and speeches forged America’s development and impact our lives today.
What Is the Significance of the Free Exercise Clause?
One of America's most cherished freedoms is the free exercise of religion. In a nation where people of many faiths live side-by-side, the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause protects individuals from government interference in the practice of their faith. The government cannot target laws at specific religious practices or place undue burdens on its citizens' worship. This lesson explores the free exercise clause and the many questions that arise from its enforcement.
Religious Liberty: An American Experiment
In Religious Liberty: An American Experiment, students will gain an understanding of the importance of religious liberty in America, the way our Constitution protects it, and the reasons it is significant today. They will see how the example of religious liberty in America has become a model for many other nations and is an ongoing experiment.
Religious Liberty and the Supreme Court
In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of how the doctrine of incorporation broadened the application of the First Amendment. They will also gain an understanding of the facts of landmark Establishment Clause Supreme Court cases, evaluate arguments about the scope of the Establishment Clause, and assess the Supreme Court's interpretations of the First Amendment with respect to religion in public schools.