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Unpublished Paper
The Power of Religion In A Secular Society
ExpressO (2015)
  • John O. Hayward, Bentley College
Even though many would deny the power and influence of religion in this day and age and opine for freedom from religion, this article seeks to persuade the reader that law and religion are interdependent and that religion is an important element in our secular society. Through an exploration of the religious dimensions of law and the legal dimensions of religion as well as an analysis of selected U. S. Supreme Court cases in the areas of criminal law, unemployment compensation, conscientious objector status, education, and the contraceptive mandate, this essay seeks to demonstrate how religious beliefs have influenced judicial decisions that have had vast impact on contemporary American life. We will also examine an instance where the High Court restricted the influence of religion and one where the Justices had to step in to protect a religious belief and practice many found repulsive and offensive. These cases have been controversial, but in this writer’s opinion, they were correctly decided because a society without religious moorings is a society without meaning or purpose.
  • Freedom of Religion,
  • Constitutional Law,
  • Public Policy
Publication Date
September 10, 2015
Citation Information
John O. Hayward. "The Power of Religion In A Secular Society" ExpressO (2015)
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