the steeple and the people

The Steeple and the People

Read the McCreary v. ACLU (2005) (addressed the issue of the display of the Ten Commandments in public buildings) and the Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971) (established a 3-prong test to strike a balance between establishment of religion and freedom of religion).

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REQUIRED: You will also need to locate and incorporate TWO additional outside resources (other than the two cases provided). Your paper should use standard 12-point font, standard margins and the APA format.

The Constitution’s First Amendment provides “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…. “


In a 2-3-page paper analyze the two cases that you read and tell me your thoughts on how displays or practices of religious items or practices on public property or by public officials should be handled? How should they be handled in each of the following situations?

  • Government and public buildings display the Ten Commandments
  • Public school children say the pledge of allegiance
  • Ceremonial swearing in of elected officials and judges using a bible
  • Courts swearing in a witness with “so help you God”
  • Money and coins printed with “In God We Trust”

What should be the balance between the establishment of religion and the freedom of religion? Make sure you are detailed and that you support your points with examples.


No plagairism, safe assign will be used to detect any amount. Properly cite. 2-3 pages APA format


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