Section Information for Spring 2017
Can Evangelical Christians like David Green and his family choose not to offer birth control to employees of their Hobby Lobby stores, which is required by the Federal Government to be part of all health plans? Can Muslim Abdul Maalik Muhammad, an inmate in an Arkansas state prison grow a long beard for religious purposes even though it violates prison rules? Is a citizen-led prayer at the start of a town meeting in Greece, NY a violation of the Establishment of Religion Clause? These are some of the issues addressed in Religion and Law in the U.S. In this course, you will study Supreme Court decisions on the Free Exercise and Establishment of Religion clause and become an expert in the current law on religion. If you are thinking of law school, this course will teach you how to read a case and do legal analysis.
Explores issues relating to law and religion. Focuses on the legal doctrines that have arisen in cases under the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment. Topics include religion and public schools, government aid to religious institutions, including school vouchers, government endorsement of religious symbols, freedom of religious expression, and freedom of religious practice.