The 1999 2000 term of the supreme court was an extraordinary one for speech and religion cases the term produced cases dealing with prayer at high school football games financing of religious education expenditure of student fees nude dancing and picketing of abortion clinics among others. The first amendment and religion and the constitution american casebook series document for the first amendment and religion and the constitution american casebook series is available in various format such as pdf doc and epub which you can directly download and save in in to your device. The first amendment amendment i to the united states constitution prevents the government from respecting an establishment of religion prohibiting the free exercise of religion or abridging the freedom of speech the freedom of the press the right to peaceably assemble or to petition for a governmental redress of grievances. The first amendment has two provisions concerning religion the establishment clause and the free exercise clause the establishment clause prohibits the government from establishing a religion the precise definition of establishment is unclear historically it meant prohibiting state sponsored churches such as the church of england. Under the doctrine of incorporation the first amendment has been made applicable to the statestherefore the states must guarantee the freedom of religion in the same way the federal government must many states have freedom of religion established in their constitution though the exact legal consequences of this right vary for historical and cultural reasons
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