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A diverse group of church-state separation advocates gathered recently at Alabama's state capitol to show their support for secular government.
Her commitment to church-state separation often incurred social hostility and even lost her employment, but her successful challenge to oust religion from public schools--the landmark 1948 U.
Europe has had less conflict over religion since the church-state compromises ended the wars of religion and as Europe became increasingly secular; however, the presence of a large, visible, non-Christian minority "poses a new challenge to the existing church-state arrangements in countries and has resurrected somewhat dormant religious disputes" (p.
Compensating for the explanatory gaps of these theories, Fetzer and Soper illustrate the importance of a fourth area of theoretical inquiry, focusing on the impact of each nation's church-state relationship.
Thomas affirmed the work of the Baptist Joint Committee: "The BJC is the nation's best hope for a balanced witness on church-state issues.
The bill authorizing $10 million in federal matching funds to repair missions from San Diego to Sonoma also faced opposition at a Senate hearing from a church-state separation watchdog who said taxpayers should not fund church repairs.
However, one point that is missing from Ryan's otherwise comprehensive article is how a conservative court would reconcile its federalist inclinations with a holding that states cannot provide a "more spacious" conception of church-state separation.
This has been the debate for 60 years," said Michael Broyde, an Emory Law School professor specializing in church-state law.
Until 2000, during the more than 70 years that the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was in power, Mexican presidents refused to make any public manifestation of their faith, considering it a violation of church-state separation.
No word or phrase is associated more closely by Americans with the topic of church-state relations than the "wall of separation between church and state.
The book makes outstanding use of the 1987 Williamsburg survey, which, despite the limitations that the authors correctly note, remains the most comprehensive national survey of public opinion on church-state matters ever conducted.
WASHINGTON -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which specializes in constitutional law, today filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States urging the Court to put an end to federal taxpayer suits by church-state separationists.