Defending American Religious Neutrality

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Harvard University Press, Jan 1, 2013 - Law - 218 pages
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While First Amendment doctrine treats religion as a human good, the state must not take sides on theological questions. Koppelman explains the logic of this uniquely American form of neutrality: why it is fair to give religion special treatment, why old (but not new) religious ceremonies are permitted, and why laws must have a secular purpose.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The American Specification of Neutrality
15
2 Corruption of Religion and the Establishment Clause
46
3 Religion Clause Doctrine Explained
78
4 Why Single Out Religion?
120
5 A Secular State?
166
Notes
179
Acknowledgments
231
Index
233
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Andrew Koppelman is John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at Northwestern University.

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