Religion is not going to disappear from public life in the United States any time soon. As William O. Douglas said six decades ago in Zorach v. Clauson: "We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being." According to the Pew Foundation, 86 percent of Americans are affiliated with one religious faith or another. On any given Sunday, Saturday, or Friday (depending on your faith) 41 percent of all Americans are in a church, a synagogue, a mosque, or a temple, according to the Gallup Poll. We place "In God We Trust" on our money. We salute the Stars and Stripes with the words "one nation under God." We have national Christmas Trees and national days of prayer and thanksgiving declared by our national government. Our Congress uses chaplains to open sessions of both the House and the Senate. Each branch of our national armed services employs a chaplain corps. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Chicago Kent Law Review is the property of Chicago Kent Law Review and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Nicholas P. Cafardi,
The Future of the Establishment Clause in Context: Neutrality, Religion, or Avoidance,
Chi.-Kent. L. Rev.
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