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The World That Smith Made

The World That Smith Made

Chapter:
(p.231) Chapter Nineteen The World That Smith Made
Source:
Politics of Religious Freedom
Author(s):
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.003.0023

This essay argues that the decision in Employment Division v. Smith has shaped the contemporary politics of religious freedom in the United States. Sullivan describes the diversity of religious communities and organizations that came together in opposition to the Smith decision, which was widely perceived as a threat to religion. Post-Smith, a new accommodation between the religion clauses of the First Amendment favors the rights of religions communities over those of individuals.

Keywords:   US Supreme Court, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, First Amendment, US constitution, religion clauses, US religious politics

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