In Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990), the Supreme Court changed free exercise law dramatically by ruling that generally applicable laws not targeting specific religious practices do not violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. The Court abandoned the compelling interest test that it had used in free exercise cases since 1963 in Sherbert v. Verner.
Employment Division v. Smith (1990)Encyclopedia of the First Amendment
Document TypeContribution to Book
PublisherCongressional Quarterly Press
Citation InformationHermann, J. R. (2007). Employment Division v. Smith (1990). In Encyclopedia of the First Amendment. Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press.