By Arlin M. Adams
Here's a concise assessment of the old improvement and judicial interpretation of the 1st modification faith clauses. It starts off with a survey of the background of yankee spiritual liberty, is going directly to current the perspectives of the Founding Fathers, after which considers the center worth of non secular liberty and the constitutional reasons that enforce that price.
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In the half century preceding the Revolution, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York afforded broad religious liberty. New Jersey and New York had nominal establishments, but their multiplicity of religious groups resulted in de facto religious freedom. The Southern colonies continued to maintain Anglicanism, but the establishments in the Carolinas and Georgia were not formidable. 27 Religious leaders, such as the Baptist Isaac Backus and the Presbyterian John Witherspoon, joined with political activists, such as James Otis and Samuel Adams, in opposing British tyranny.
WARREN E. BURGER Page xv Acknowledgments A Nation Dedicated to Religious Liberty is based on an article entitled A Heritage of Religious Liberty, which appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, May 1989. The article was an expansion of the Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecture, "The Religion ClausesThe Past and the Future," delivered by Judge Adams on November 19, 1987, under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Order of the Coif, and the Law Alumni Society. We express appreciation to the William Penn Foundation and to the Law School, particularly the Owen J.
The risk of a legislative act creating a state church is about as likely as a dictatorship in our country. Surely Justice William O. Douglas was sensitive to the objectives and nuances of the establishment clause and yet we find him writing in Zorach v. Clauson: We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being. We guarantee the freedom to worship as one chooses. We make room for as wide a variety of beliefs and creeds as the spiritual needs of man deem necessary. We sponsor an attitude on the part of government that shows no partiality to any one group and that lets each flourish according to the zeal of its adherents and the appeal of its dogma.
A Nation Dedicated to Religious Liberty by Arlin M. Adams