Establishment Clause


Establishment Clause
the article in the First Amendment to the American Constitution which created the separation of church and state in the US by forbidding the government to establish a state religion. The US Supreme Court used it in 1962 for a decision that stopped prayers in schools, and this upset many US Christians. However, ‘In God We Trust’ is still the National Motto and is on US coins.

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or establishment-of-religion clause

Clause in the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbidding Congress from establishing a state religion.

It prevents the passage of any law that gives preference to or forces belief in any one religion. It is paired with a clause that prohibits limiting the free expression of religion.

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or establishment-of-religion clause 

      clause in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Constitution of the United States of America) forbidding Congress from establishing a state religion. It prevents the passage of any law that gives preference to or forces belief in any one religion. It is paired with a clause that prohibits limiting the free expression of religion.

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Universalium. 2010.

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