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|" . . . You can't understand a phrase such as "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" by syllogistic reasoning. Words take their meaning from social as well as textual contexts, which is why "a page of history is worth a volume of logic." New York Trust Co. v. Eisner, 256 U.S. 345, 349 (1921) (Holmes, J.). . . . " |
SOURCE: Sherman v. Community Consol. Dist. 21, 980 F.2d 437, 445 (7th Cir. 1992)
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The Historical Evidence
The Founding Period: 1774-1791
An Overview from 1774 to early 1800's
The Declaration of Independence (1776)
"Founding" Documents and Religion (1776-1791)
- Founding Documents and Religion, Declaration of Independence, AOC, Constitution, Bill of Rights
- A Big Fuss Over Nothing: An analysis of real and imagined references to God, Christianity and Religion and lack thereof in obvious places in five documents from the founding period of our history: the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Northwest Ordinance, Federalist Papers, Constitution of the United States
The sections of the state constitutions dealing with religion have been excerpted on the following pages:
The Original Thirteen States:
The Additional States
Warnings and other comments by a variety of men of the founding period and after(1780 -1833, 1992, 1999)
The Northwest Ordinance
The Northwest Ordinance: Course of Debate
Constitutional Convention and Ratification Period (1787-1788)
The First Federal Congress
The Post-Founding Period: 1790-1800
The Post-Founding Period: 1800 -1840
The Post-Founding Period: 1840 -1860
Post Civil War Period: 1863-1880
Post-Civil War attempts to incorporate religious language into the Constitution
The Second Wave Attempts to Amend the Constitution -- 1880 - 1910
Sixty-four religious measures introduced in Congress -- 1888 - 1910
Congress and the people 1800 to Present
A Memorial to Congress, January 29, 1908
The Post Founding Period - Tracing the Rise of Theocracy
Issue Related Historical Data
The Legal Heritage
The Declaration of Independence
Annotations of First Amendment Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States
Case Excerpts from The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation: Annotations of Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States as prepared by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress
Important Establishment Clause Cases decided by the U. S. Supreme Court
Government Sponsored Prayer
Direct Aid: Vouchers
Creationism v. Evolution
- The New Face of Creationism: The Establishment Clause and the Latest Efforts to Suppress Evolution in Public Schools, by Deborah A. Reule, Vanderbilt Law Review,.Volume 54 - Number 6 - November 2001, p 2555. 54 V and. L. Rev. 2157-2618 (2001)
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Evolution of the Principle
Politics of the Media
Politics of Law and the Courts-Past and Present
Intent, by Stephen McLeod
The word Religion does not mean Christian
Against Displaying Ten Commandments in Government Center by Jim Senyszyn
The Ten Commandments and the U. S. Constitution by Fred Fariss
Alabama School Prayer -- 1999 by civil rights/constitutional lawyer Pamela L. Sumners
Secular Humanism and the Courts
Transcript of "Live Online" chat session with Joan Biskupic regarding US Supreme Court and religious freedom issues.
"How the Supreme Court Decides Which Cases It Will Hear," an article by Joan Biskupic published September 6, 1999. Learn how the Supreme Court determines which of the 1750 appeals received over the summer recess will actually be heard.
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- Joseph Story: a look at writings of the man whom some have styled the "father of religious accommodationism"
- Is this a Christian nation?
- Joseph Story's influence
- Joseph Story's writings on religion
- Joseph Story's Supreme Court opinions on religion
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