Finding the Light of Truth: Religious Liberty in the United States and Australia
Little, Kelly A.
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The arena of Civil Liberties provides some of the most interesting and controversial situations of all subjects within politics. The relationship between religion and government, two interesting ambiguities which are often seen as impossible to work alongside each other, yet as impossible to keep totally separate, provides an exciting and interesting aspect of Civil Liberties which is often lost behind the battle for the freedom of speech or civil rights in modern society. The constitutions of the United States and Australia both contain clauses which attempt to allow for the free exercise of religion for all citizens while simultaneously keeping the government out of religion. It is a difficult task, and one that is interpreted and handled very differently between the courts of the United States and Australia. It is the purpose of this essay to examine the different interpretations placed upon these religious clauses and their impact on society which can only be accomplished by examining the history of the clauses, the court's interpretations, the case history in court and the possibilities which exist for the future. At times the ride may be controversial and turbulent, but it would not be Civil Liberties (or any fun) if the ride was smooth and uncontroversial!If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.