Regulating Religion: The Courts and the Free Exercise Clause

Hardcover | March 15, 2001

byCatharine Cookson

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Jurisprudence regarding the "free exercise of religion" clause of the U.S. Constitution is in a state of confusion. There has been a series of rapid changes in the standard used by the Supreme Court to determine when a statute impermissibly restricts free exercise. The trend is now towardsgreater acceptance of government claims about the importance of regulation over religious practices. Here, Cookson challenges the wisdom of this judicial drift, and its false dichotomy between anarchy and a system that respects religious freedom. In its place she offers a new, practical approach toresolving free exercise conflicts that could be used in both federal and state courts. Cookson shows the reader how violations of religious freedom affect the community whose values are at stake.

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Jurisprudence regarding the "free exercise of religion" clause of the U.S. Constitution is in a state of confusion. There has been a series of rapid changes in the standard used by the Supreme Court to determine when a statute impermissibly restricts free exercise. The trend is now towardsgreater acceptance of government claims about t...

Catherine Cookson is at Virginia Wesleyan College.
Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019512944X

ISBN - 13:9780195129441

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"...an authoritative and constructive study of the US Supreme Court's free exercise jurisprudence."--Choice