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2006

College of William & Mary Law School

Freedom of Religion

Supreme Court of the United States

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Coercion And Choice Under The Establishment Clause, Cynthia V. Ward Jan 2006

Coercion And Choice Under The Establishment Clause, Cynthia V. Ward

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In recent Establishment Clause cases the Supreme Court has found nondenominational, state-sponsored prayers unconstitutionally "coercive" -although attendance at the events featuring the prayer was not required by the state; religious dissenters were free to choose not to say the challenged prayers; and dissenters who so chose, or who chose not to attend the events, suffered no state-enforced sanction. Part I of this Article lays out the historical background that gave rise to the coercion test, traces the development of that test in the Court's case law, and isolates the core elements in the vision of coercion that animates the ...