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Freedom of Religion Amendment in the U.S. Constitution

The freedom of religion guarantee in the First Amendment is actually two different guarantees.

What are those two guarantees and how do they differ?

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FREEDOM OF RELIGION UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Ratified 12/15/1791.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The two guarantees as it is written in the amendment are:
That Congress:
1. "shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ("Establishment Clause")
2. "prohibiting the free exercise thereof." ("Free Exercise Clause")

When you write your essay I would suggest you explain what the meaning of each of those stated guarantees are and from there highlight the differences.

How do you explain the meaning of those guarantees and understand the differences?
1. Look at the history of why did the framers of the Constitution included these two specific guarantees. Look at the original intentions of the framers of the Constitution.
2. How has the Supreme Court interpreted these two guarantees in case law?

Historical Background
"Freedom of Religion" is a principle of ...

Solution Summary

This is a 4,767 word document that summarizes the two different guarantees as it is written regarding the freedom of religion in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This document is written in outline form explaining the two different guarantees in addition to the historical background of the freedom of religion principle and the significances of the "establishment clause" and the "free exercise clause" of the First Amendment with case law cited.

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