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Religion & the State (LAW-707D-001)
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This course will explore the complex and shifting case law surrounding the issues of Church and State, including historical background on the 1st amendment religion clauses and the separation of church and state, a survey of the establishment and free exercise clauses, and the cases which have sought to define those clauses in such diverse areas as: government aid to church schools, school prayer, textbook choice, the teaching of evolution and intelligent design, tax relief to church organizations, faith-based initiatives, freedom of religion for employees and religious minorities, religious tests for those seeking public office, and government interference in church controversies regarding property rights, church employment, church discipline, medical rights of minors and adults, and child abuse cases.
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First Class Readings
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