Lesson 28: How Does the First Amendment Affect the Establishment & Free Exercise of Religion?

Lesson 28: How Does the First Amendment Affect the Establishment & Free Exercise of Religion?

The first two clauses in the First Amendment prohibit Congress from making laws regarding the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion. The exact meaning of the establishment and free exercise clauses has been a topic of fierce debate. Did the Founders intend to build “a wall of separation between Church and State” as Thomas Jefferson asserted? Or did they merely intend to prevent religious persecution and the establishment of one national religion?\n

We the People

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RI.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RI.2 - Main Ideas, RI.3 - People & Events, RI.4 - Key Terms & Tone, RI.6 - Author's Purpose

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