Congressional Protection of Religious Liberty

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Nova Publishers, 2003 - 82 páginas
It is widely believed that religious liberty is mainly protected by the independent judiciary, especially for religious denominations that represent a small minority. The view is that legislative bodies - operating by majority vote - cannot be expected to protect minority rights, and that judges have the independence and technical expertise to defend the constitutional rights of minorities. However, legislatures - at both state and national level - have done much to protect religious liberty, including the views of religious minorities. Even during the past half century, when the judicial record has measurably improved, individuals and private organisations, tend to turn to the elected officials for help, after being turned down by the courts. This book provides the reader with the means by which elected officials, especially members of Congress have protected religious liberty. the rights of the conscientious objectors and moves to more recent disputes, including compulsory flag salutes, religious apparel in the military, school prayer, Indian religious beliefs and various statutory exemptions adopted by Congress and state legislature to provide a sturdy defence to religious liberty.
 

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Introduction
1
Protecting Minority Rights
3
Conscientious Objectors
11
Compulsory Flag Salutes
21
Religious Apparel in the Military
27
School Prayer
33
American Indian Religious Freedom
41
Religious Use of Peyote
51
Statutory Exemptions
65
Conclusions
75
Index
77
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