The Modern American Annual Symposium: Revisiting the Separation of Church and State in the United States
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. . . ." - First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Although the United States is constitutionally bound by the separation of church and state, religion has undoubtedly had a major influence on American law and policy. Religion has influenced discourse concerning a variety of issues in America including reproductive rights, foreign policy, marriage, social services, and education. This symposium will revisit the implications of the Establishment Clause, explore to what extent the separation of church and state in America has held true, and discuss which religions have the most legal and political influence, why they do, and the effect such influence has in a religiously and culturally diverse America. The symposium will also analyze recent legislation and state constitutional amendments as well as the interaction between the American people, religion, and state in the "regulation of morality".
Presented by The Modern American