ConLaw Class 27 – The First Amendment’s Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses

April 20th, 2017

Class 27 – 4/20/17

The First Amendment – Free Exercise

  • Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments
  • Sherbert v. Verner (1434 – 1435)
  • Employment Division v. Smith (1435 – 1439)
  • Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah (1439 – 1444)
  • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (Supplement 220 – 236)
  • No Establishment of Religion (1461 – 1463)
  • Van Orden v. Perry (1501 – 1507)

The lecture notes are here.


Employment Division v. Smith




During a recent trip to Salem, Oregon, I stopped at the Oregon Division of Employment, which (at some point) was renamed the Oregon Employment Department. Of course, this was the origin of Employment Division v. Smith. I asked the receptionist if she was familiar with the case–she gave me the oddest glare. In any event, I took pictures.





Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye

Van Orden v. Perry