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The Roots of American Religious Liberty

Author(s): Charles C. Haynes

Journal: American Studies Journal
ISSN 1433-5239

Issue: 49;
Start page: 2;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: U.S. | United | States | America | religion | liberty | history | society | constitution

From the colonial era to the present, religions and religious beliefs have played a significant role in the political life of the United States. Religion has been at the heart of some of the best and some of the worst movements in American history. The guiding principles that the framers intended to govern the relationship between religion and politics are set forth in Article VI of the Constitution and in the opening sixteen words of the First Amendment.
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