Religious Liberty and Conflict

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis


History & Political Science

First Advisor

Marcella Myers


Since the inception of the United States, religious freedom has been something that Americans have held with the highest reverence. In fact, it is no coincidence that the First Amendment of the Constitution begins "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. . ." In our nation, with a plurality of faiths and opinions, it is almost inevitable that conflict would occur between the secular society and the faith of an individual. In America, such disputes are argued in the courts. Precedents are set and laws are interpreted not in the church sanctuary, but in the halls of legislative assemblies and courtrooms. The conflict is never settled, but the various arguments of conflicting parties evolve over time. The purpose of this research is to help inform the discourse of religious liberty by charting both legal arguments and public opinion in their evolution over time.

Subject Area

Freedom of religion

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