The Supreme Court’s Concept of Separation of Church and State The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" (Perry, 1999, p. 10). Since the First Amendment was ratified in 1791, the US Supreme Court has handed down a number of key rulings that have been instrumental in shaping the concept of separation of church and state. Accordingly, the following report traces the history of these Supreme Court rulings for the purpose of understanding how the Supreme Court’s concept of separation of church and state has changed since the 19th century. Study Preview The current study is organized in two major sections. Section I...The end:
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