Congressional Digest

Supreme Court Debates March 2011 No. 3 Vol. 14
Establishment Clause Law

Church vs. State

Tax Credits for Religious Education

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Establishment Clause Law

Court Views on the Separation of Church and State

Alleged violations under the religion clauses must meet two threshold requirements: government action and standing. In order to bring a claim to enforce rights provided by the religion clauses, an individual must show that government action has interfered with those rights. In other words, actions by private actors cannot violate the religion clauses. The individual must also have standing. Cases brought under the religion clauses are governed by general standing rules. Standing is the legal term used to indicate that the person has an individualized interest that has actually been harmed under the law or by its application. For instance,…

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