Understanding the First Amendment

Cord, Robert L.
January 1982
National Review;1/22/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p26
The article discusses the First Constitutional Amendment in the U.S. The First Amendment separates Church and State. Justice Hugo Black has ended the first U.S. Supreme Court opinion which dealt comprehensively with the meaning of the constitutional concept of separation of Church and State. The First Amendment phrase which guarantees the American constitutional doctrine of separation of Church and State is contained in the opening words of the Bill of Rights. Congressman James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights in the First Congress in part because many of the State Ratifying Conventions wanted more limitations placed on the authority of the Federal Government than existed in the original Constitution drawn up in the Philadelphia Convention.


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