The Free Exercise Clause And The Freedom Of Speech

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The Compromise "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"(Cornell University Law School.) The First Amendment of the constitution talks about the religious liberties given to the citizens of the United States. It protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference and enforces the “separation of church and state” (Cornell University Law School.) The free exercise clause is another important clause that prohibits the government from interfering with a person’s practice of their religion. There are associations created just for this protection of religious rights. The Christian Law Association was made for many of the instances involving people “experiencing difficulty in practicing their religious faith because of governmental regulation, intrusion, or prohibition in one form or another” (Christianlaw.org) The basis of this research focus’ specifically on the question of the balance between religious rights and the other constitutionally given rights. This paper will go over and define the right’s given and will examine some of the court cases and issues involving the question and balance of religious rights and liberties. Religion and Citizenship To begin, I wanted to know more about the role religion
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