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Old 01-25-2013, 03:42 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis View Post
How does the "clause against establishment of religion by law" have any impact on the Free Exercise Clause?

I'm not sure where your trying to go, so I'll simply restate what I have already commented on.
And if you are going to use Free Exercise, you must also include the Establishment Clause:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Your comment:
The "Wall of Separation" was meant to protect the Church from the threat of Government more than to protect the Government from the Church.
My later comment.
My understanding has always been that the intent was 'freedom of and from religion, without bias.'
A quote I used.
Neither the state or federal government may enact laws which aid one or all religions, or give a preference to one religion over another. The Establishment Clause was intended to prohibit the federal government from declaring and financially supporting a national religion.
With or without the Supreme Court, it seems straightforward.
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