April 11

posted Apr 10, 2012, 10:26 PM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Apr 11, 2012, 6:01 AM ]
Last night's homework introduced the concept of Freedom of Religion as it exists in the First Amendment: 
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

Today we'll look at the two clauses  within this part of the amendment: 

How do these two clauses create a "middle ground" where the government resides?
How does this concept help create a "wall" between church and state?

For more on the concept of religion as it relates to the First Amendment, consult the following resources:

**Choose one of the recent cases or topics related to what's constitutional (or not) when it comes to religion and government. Do a quick Internet research to see what the issue was, and what the courts had to say about whether it was constitutional or not. 
  • Good News Club v Milford Central School  [2001]
  • Santa Fe Independent School District v Doe [2000]
  • Newdow v Elk Grove [2004]
  • McCreary County v ACLU [2004]
  • Van Orden v Perry [2005]
  • Gonzales v O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal [2005]
  • Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York v Village of Stratton [2001]
  • Judge Roy Moore, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice [2001]
NO HOMEWORK TONIGHT -- We'll keep working on this Freedom of Religion stuff tomorrow!