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Government Sponsoring Religion- It is unconstitutional for local state or federal governments to favor one religion over another Government can show favoritism toward religion by displaying religious symbols in public places at taxpayer expense by sponsoring events like Christmas concerts caroling or by supporting the teaching of religious ideas It appears the United States government has had a history of favoring Christianity The United States governments favoritism of Christianity is a clear violation of the First Amendment This amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof There is another reference to religion in Article 6 Section 3 This clause states the United States and the several States shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this Constitution but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States There have been several court cases on this and related issues which include Engel vs Vitale Everson vs the Board of Education and Lynch vs Donnelly the Creche case In 1947 in the Everson vs Board of Education case the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th amendment prevented the States and the and the Federal government from setting up a church passing laws that favor any religion or using tax money to support any religion Justice Hugo Black incorporated the First Amendments establishment clause into the 14th Amendment which states that the State shall not deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws and due process After this trial people began to question whether school prayer was constitutional pg 93-94 Klinker The creche case Lynch
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