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Freedom of Religion

William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal

1996

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Toward A Religious Minority Voice: A Look At Free Exercise Law Through A Religious Minority Perspective, Samuel J. Levine Dec 1996

Toward A Religious Minority Voice: A Look At Free Exercise Law Through A Religious Minority Perspective, Samuel J. Levine

William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal

Legal scholars have recently advanced theories emphasizing the importance of perspectives in the law. Perspective scholarship recognizes that laws are necessarily shaped by society's dominant forces, including its biases and preconceptions. Perspective scholars attempt to understand how these forces have shaped our laws, and they suggest changes to accommodate those affected by society's biases.

In this Article, Professor Levine introduces the concept of a religious minority perspective. He develops the concept of a religious minority perspective in the context of several, prominent Free Exercise cases. Professor Levine discusses these cases in his presentation of the central themes of ...


The Substantial Burden Of Municipal Zoning: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act As A Means To Consistent Protection For Church-Sponsored Homeless Shelters And Soup Kitchens, Marc-Olivier Langlois May 1996

The Substantial Burden Of Municipal Zoning: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act As A Means To Consistent Protection For Church-Sponsored Homeless Shelters And Soup Kitchens, Marc-Olivier Langlois

William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal

Despite the increase in poverty and homelessness in the United States, many municipalities are attempting to use zoning regulations to limit the spread of church-sponsored programs that minister to the poor. Although the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) suggests that courts should find churchsponsored programs exempt from the burdens of municipal zoning, recent decisions in federal courts demonstrate that church-sponsored homeless shelters and soup kitchens will receive the same inconsistent protection they received under traditional Free Exercise Clause analysis. This Note argues that enforcement of zoning regulations places a substantial burden on church-sponsored programs that minister to the ...