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Religion in Public LifeMust Faith Be Privatized?$
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Roger Trigg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543670.001.0001

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Under God?

Under God?

(p.209) 11 Under God?
Religion in Public Life

Roger Trigg

Oxford University Press

This chapter is divided into the following sections: the establishment clause, state support of religion, the pledge of allegiance, free exercise, and displaying the Ten Commandments. The first section examines the powers of the Court, Congress, and the President to affect the legislations regarding religion. The second section discusses the issues of use of public money to subsidize private religious schools. The idea of money only being given for secular purposes is prominent, but some challenge such entanglement with religion. The third section discusses the Pledge of Allegiance and the powerful influence of rituals and symbols. The fourth section looks into the refusal of the State to answer questions about truth in religion. The last section notes the different reaction of citizens in displaying the Ten Commandments.

Keywords:   Ten Commandments, establishment clause, state support, free exercise, pledge of allegiance, religious legislation

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