The Establishment Clause

The establishment clause of the first amendment refers to the first of several pronouncements in the first amendment to the United States Constitution, stating that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. ┬áThe establishment clause and the free exercise clause together make up the “religion clauses” of the first amendment.

Generally, the establishment clause has been interpreted to prohibit the establishment of a national religion by Congress, or the preference of one religion over another or the support of a religious idea with no identifiable secular purpose.

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