Religion clauses taken up again at 'First Tuesdays'

By Ann Knef | Feb 17, 2005

"If nowhere else, in the relation between Church and State, 'good fences make good neighbors'."
Felix Frankfurter

Religion clauses of the First Amendment will continue to be discussed at the next "First Tuesdays Club" gathering.

And, those who attend the club's next open-to-the-public meeting at 7 p.m., March 1 at St. John's United Methodist Church in Edwardsville, will serve as U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

"President" Tad Armstrong, founder of the club--which is dedicated to gaining a deeper understanding of U.S. law--challenges "students" to think as a high court juror would in deciding case law. Students will consider a hypothetical case involving a clash between a religious group that practices animal sacrifice (of chickens) and a Kentucky highway patrolman.

Constitution assignments include:

  • Preamble to the Constitution
  • Article I (religion clauses)
  • Article II: 2-3
  • Article III: 1-2
  • Article VI
  • Article VII
  • Resolution to send 12 Amendments to state legislatures for ratification
  • XIV: 1 (incorporation clause)

    Case assignments include:
  • Marbury v. Madison
  • Reynolds v. United States
  • Cantwell v. Connecticut
  • Everson v. Board of Education
  • McCollum v. Board of Education

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