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Religious Freedom


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Series Introduction by Corey Brettschneider

Introduction by Corey Brettschneider

A Note on the Text


Part I: Constitutional Basis/Framework for Religious Freedom
"A Plea for Religious Liberty," by Roger Williams (1644)
"A Letter Concerning Toleration," by John Locke (1689)
"Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments," by James Madison (1785)
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, by Thomas Jefferson (1786)
First Amendment from the United States Constitution (1791)

Part II: Church and State
"Letter to Touro Synagogue," by George Washington (1790)
"Letter to the Danbury Baptists," by Thomas Jefferson (1801)
"Veto Message on Incorporating the Alexandria Protestant Episcopal Church," by James Madison (1811)
"Veto Message on Act of Relief for the Baptist Church," by James Madison (1811)
Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971)
Lynch v. Donnelly (1983)
County of Allegheny v. ACLU, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (1989)
Town of Greece v. Galloway (2013)
American Legion v. American Humanist Association (2019)

Part III: The Right to Practice Religion
Sherbert v. Verner (1963)
Employment Division v. Smith (1990)
Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah (1993)
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (2014)
Holt v. Hobbs (2015)

Part IV: Religious Freedom and Discrimination
"Islam Is Peace," by President George W. Bush (2001)
"A More Perfect Union," by President Barack Obama (2008)
"Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," by President Donald J. Trump (2017)
Brief of Constitutional Law Scholars as Amicus Curiae in Trump v. Hawaii (2017)
Dissenting Opinion in Trump v. Hawaii by Justice Sonia Sotomayor (2017)
Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2018)


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About the Author

Corey Brettschneider is a professor of political science at Brown University, where he teaches constitutional law and politics, as well as visiting professor of law at Fordham Law School. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. His recent writing has appeared in The New York Times, Politico, and The Washington Post. He is the author of The Oath and the Office- A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents. He is also the author of two books about constitutional law and civil liberties and numerous articles that appear in top academic journals and law reviews. His constitutional law casebook is widely used in classrooms throughout the United States. Brettschneider holds a PhD in politics from Princeton and a JD from Stanford Law School.

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