Week 4: Religion: Context and Application


Inside/Outside discussion

  • Freedom of Expression cases
  • Establishment Clause cases

Tuesday & Wednesday

What can modern history tell us about religion in America? We’ll be watching God in America: On God and Caesar and completing a viewing guide.

Discussion of the documentary. How does this history help us understand Supreme Court decisions? Issues that arise as a result of the intersection of public life and religion.

Texas State Caitol

Thursday & Friday

1. US Supreme Court Syllabus for Van Orden v. Perry

2. Split Ruling on Ten Commandments Displays

3. Van Orden v. Perry (2004)…from Oyez

4. Why Breyers was wrong in Van Orden

5. Supreme Court on a Shoestring

Listen to oral arguments for Van Orden 


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