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Religion V. Gov't

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Separation of Church and State “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”  

1. Everson V. The Board of Education

A. What was the case about? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

B. Do you agree with ruling by the Supreme Court, Why or why not?

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2. What is a “release time” program?

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3. Do you agree with the ruling Zorach V. Clauson, why or why not?

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4. Name three court cases that have banned prayer in schools?

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5. Do you think it is good or bad for our country to ban prayer in school, why or why not?

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6. In 1981 the Supreme Court said that “evolution” could be taught in schools if ____________________________________________________________________.

 

7.  What is the Lemon test?

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8. Do you think the Lemon test is a good test, why or why not?

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9. Lynch V. Donnelly says that schools can have a nativity scene if _______________________________________________________________________.

  

10.  Do you agree with the ruling in Lynch V. Donnelly, why or why not? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

11.  Why did the judges say that congress may have prayer in the House and Senate? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

12. The Supreme Court has ruled against having the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky court house in McCreary Country V. ACLU of Kentucky.  Do agree of Disagree with the ruling, why or why not? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

13 What is the free exercise clause say? ________________________________________________________________________

 

14. Why is it an important clause? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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15.  Does the clause allow people to do what ever they want if they say it’s for my religion?  Read Jacobson V. Massachusetts. ________________________________________________________________________

 

16. Do you agree with Jacobson V. Massachusetts, why or why not? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

17.  After reading about a few religion v. government cases, do you think the Supreme Court supports the First Amendment?  Why or Why not?

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