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Principle, History, and Power: The Limits of the First Amendment Religion Clauses
Iowa Law Review (1996)
  • Stephen M. Feldman, University of Wyoming
Abstract
This article addresses whether the religion clauses of the U.S. Constitution prohibit the injection of religious values into political debate. I argue that Christianity hegemonically controls American society and culturally oppresses outgroup religions, particularly the prototypical minority religion of Judaism. I critically analyze how the constitutional principle of separation of church and state contributes to the current orientation of power within American society. I approach the problem of Christian social power from three perspectives: symbolic power, structural power, and the relationship between symbolic and structural power.
Keywords
  • Free Exercise Clause,
  • Establishment Clause,
  • First Amendment,
  • U.S. Constitution,
  • constitutional law,
  • separation of church and state,
  • religious freedom
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Publication Date
1996
Citation Information
Stephen M. Feldman. "Principle, History, and Power: The Limits of the First Amendment Religion Clauses" Iowa Law Review Vol. 81 (1996)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stephen_m_feldman/26/