The True Meaning of the Establishment Clause

Defining the proper boundaries between church and state has been a source of much debate and litigation. One reason for the continuing disputes on this issue is the lack of consensus on the true meaning and significance of the Establishment Clause.

The Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy is pleased to release a position paper that analyzes the issue from a legal and historical perspective and provides a convincing argument in support of the view that the Establishment Clause was intended to maintain strict neutrality between believers and nonbelievers. The Clause was not designed merely to prohibit government favoring of one particular religion.

The thoroughly researched paper is authored by Edward Tabash, a First Amendment scholar, prominent civil rights attorney, and a specialist in church-state litigation.

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