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Author Ravitch, Frank S., 1966-

Title Masters of Illusion : the Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses
Published New York : NYU Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (254 pages)
Contents Preface; Acknowledgments; Building on Shadows; Neutrality; Hostility; Liberty; Equality; Separationism; Accommodationism; The Meaning and Recognition of Religion Under the Religion Clauses; The Ebb and Flow of Religion Clause Principles; The Facilitation Test; Notes; Index
Summary Many legal theorists and judges agree on one major premise in the field of law and religion: that religion clause jurisprudence is in a state of disarray and has been for some time. In Masters of Illusion, Frank S. Ravitch provocatively contends that both hard originalism (a strict focus on the intent of the Framers) and neutrality are illusory in religion clause jurisprudence, the former because it cannot live up to its promise for either side in the debate and the latter because it is simply impossible in the religion clause context. Yet these two principles have been used in almost every S
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Subject United States. Constitution. 1st Amendment.
Church and state -- United States -- Interpretation and construction.
Freedom of religion -- United States -- Interpretation and construction.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0814776760