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What is the free exercise clause

First amendment requirement that law cannot prevent free exercise of religion


What is the establishment clause

First Amendment ban on laws respecting an establishment of religion


Wall of seperation

Court ruling that government cannot be involved with religion


Would you be establishment clause say that the government cannot do

They cannot require a person to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion they cannot aid one religion some religions or all religions and it cannot spend any tax money however small the amount may be in support of any religious activities or institutions


The court has tried to sort out the confusion by developing a three-part test to decide under what circumstances government involvement in religion is improper:

You have a secular purpose
It's primary effect neither advances nor inhibits religion

It does not foster and excessive government entanglement with religion


Does the first amendment clearly require the separation of church and state

No it does not