Establishment Clause

Prediction

  1. What do you think establishment clause means?

  2. Use establishment clause in a sentence:

  3. Describe an example of establishment clause in current events:

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Fun Fact

Definition

The First Amendment's Establishment Clause prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” This clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another. It also prohibits the government from unduly preferring religion over non-religion, or non-religion over religion.

Sentence

"Well of course the state of Delaware cannot begin its legislative session each day with a prayer to the Flying Spaghetti Monster!" Said Calvin to his barber. "Haven't you ever heard to the establishment clause and the separation of church and state?"

Example

Salazar v Buono


Questions

  1. If you were queen or king for the day (you aren't) explain whether you would do away with the establishment clause:

  2. Do you think the establishment clause is jealous of its more famous brother, Santa?

  3. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," In your reading of this clause, give an example of one thing this would not allow the US government to do that it can currently do, or give one example of one thing this would allow the US government to do that it can currently not do:

  4. The acronym for the establishment clause is Cosmonol Raer! Will you be able to remember the establishment clause now or would you like to make up your own cute little device for remembering it? Please share.