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Contemporary Paganism: Minority Religions in a Majoritarian by C. Barner-Barry

By C. Barner-Barry

This ebook explores the felony bias within the usa opposed to Paganism and different non-Christian religions. regardless of being essentially the most religiously varied nations on this planet, the U.S. criminal process built while the inhabitants was once predominantly Christian. equipped into the legislations is the tacit assumption that each one religions and spiritual practices resemble Christianity. utilizing the Pagans as a case learn, Barner-Barry exhibits how their studies show that either the legislations affecting nondominant religions and the judiciary that translates this legislation are considerably biased in prefer of the dominant faith, Christianity. This creates felony difficulties, in addition to difficulties of intolerance, for religions with considerably assorted practices. detailed recognition is given to a chain of preferrred court docket judgements reading the liberty of faith Clause by way of neutrality and examining the institution Clause loosely and its influence on nondominant religions within the US.

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S. Constitution’s Free Exercise Clause would seem to have little bark and virtually no bite—at least with regard to state laws. g. Conkle, 2001; Gedicks, 2000; Tushnet, 2001). The general argument is that there are other constitutional doctrines that now give as much and more protection to religious people. For the most part, this protection is thought to emanate from the free speech clause of the First Amendment. The argument is that most religious acts can be viewed as forms of protected speech.

For example, Ira Lupu (1999, 577) argues that the difficulties of drafting such legislation are “insurmountable” and that the activity of politically influential religious interest groups distorts the laws in favor of their preferences and needs. Even if the legislative process was to be negotiated successfully, he is pessimistic about the future of such laws: “The dangers associated with religious liberty legislation do not end after initial enactment. ” He concludes that “[F]irst and inevitably, unpopular religions are those most vulnerable to legislative undoing of their judicial victories” (584).

Initially, it should be noted that the wording of the FRERA specifically declared the intent of the legislature to establish the Sherbert test as the controlling interpretation of the Free Exercise Clause found in the Florida Constitution’s Declaration of Rights. Citing a 1992 Florida case, Traylor v. State (596 So. 2d 957) the court stated: “In interpreting the scope of constitutional rights, this Court has stated that in any state the historical and legal context / 21 issue, the federal constitution represents the ‘floor’ for basic freedoms, and the state constitution represents the ‘ceiling’ ” (2004 Fla.

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