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By Charles C. Haynes
First Amendment Center senior scholar
Written for Civitas: A Framework for Civic Education. Copyright 1991, Council for the Advancement of Citizenship and the Center for Civic Education. Updated and reprinted by permission.

From the Colonial era to the present, religions and religious beliefs have played a significant role in the political life of the United States. Religion has been at the heart of some of the best and some of the worst movements in American history. FULL STORY>

'Play in the joints' in the religion clauses
By William K. Norton Analysis of Supreme Court tests to resolve conflicts between the two extremes of the religious-liberty clauses: total government accommodation of religion vs. total separation. 06.26.07
Jews in America: Beyond toleration to freedom
By Charles C. Haynes When they arrived in New Amsterdam 350 years ago, Jews were despised — but found welcome in Rhode Island's 'lively experiment' with religious freedom. 09.19.04

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History of religious liberty
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