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Unit 6:Individual Rights and Liberties Chapter 40: Freedom of Religion.

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1 Unit 6:Individual Rights and Liberties Chapter 40: Freedom of Religion

2  Religious freedom in the United States is protected by two First Amendment clauses. establishment clause free exercise clause  The establishment clause and the free exercise clause were created to ensure government neutrality toward religion. These clauses prohibit the government from showing preference for any one religion, demanding that a religion be practiced, or endorsing or imposing religious beliefs.  These clauses prohibit the government from showing preference for any one religion, demanding that a religion be practiced, or endorsing or imposing religious beliefs.  The Establishment Clause  The Establishment Clause  The establishment clause ensures the separation between church and state. establishment clause,  Under the establishment clause, state and federal governments are forbidden to establish churches, promote any one religion, or show preference for one religion over another.  Prayer in public schools and aid to parochial schools are two controversial establishment clause topics.

3 Chapter 40: Freedom of Religion  The Free Exercise Clause  The Free Exercise Clause  Under the free exercise clause, every individual is entitled to his or her own religious beliefs  Under the free exercise clause, every individual is entitled to his or her own religious beliefs. it can sometimes regulate religious practices.  Although the government cannot control religious beliefs, it can sometimes regulate religious practices.  Religious practices or actions can be reasonably restricted if they interfere with important goals of government.


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