Free Exercise Clause Analysis

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Free Exercise Clause Sharde’ Wilson University of West Florida The free exercise clause is well-known now because of the attributions it makes towards any aspects of religious beliefs and American life. It states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” (First Amendment Center, 2014) The clause clearly states that it will not stop the practices of all religious or make laws to stop their practices. This clause is derived from the first amendment which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,…show more content…
(8 Otto). Reynolds believed that he could marry another woman while married to his first wife. He was indicted of this offense because the Morill-Anti Bigamy Act was already passed. He believed the free exercise clause prohibited the Supreme Court from charging him. The Supreme Court determined that they neither can stop religious beliefs or practices as long as the practices do not break any laws. (Wikipedia, 2014) In the case of Sherbert v. Verner, Adele Sherbert was fired from her job because she refused to work on Saturdays. It was against her religious beliefs as a Seventh-Day Adventist. She filed for unemployment because she couldn’t find a job that allowed her Saturdays off. She was denied her benefits, and she appealed to the state. The state upheld the same decision. The Supreme Court then took an interest in the case. It was decided that if the law unintentionally stopped a person from their religious practices then she should not be denied compensation or a job. (The Religious Freedom Page) In my opinion, the free exercise clause can be used in a variety of facets in everyday life. Religious freedom must be expressed always, but I do agree with the Supreme Court. If the person is going to break a law to practice their religion, that is
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