Church in politics?

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College S. J. Quinney College of Law
Department Law
Creator Firmage, Edwin B.
Title Church in politics?
Date 1981
Description I BELIEVE that the Church has a right and in fact an obligation to speak out on issues which affect either the spiritual or the moral well-being of our Heavenly Father's children. As a constitutional lawyer, I do not believe that the religion clauses of the First Amendment were intended to eliminate religious influence from government. The prohibition against the federal government effecting an established religion was originally intended to do just that: namely, to prevent the Congress of the United States from selecting one church as the national church, thereafter to be supported by taxation and by other compulsory means. Remember that the establishment clause not only forbad a nationally established church but also prohibited Congress from disestablishing or otherwise affecting state-established churches, several of which existed at the time our Constitution was struck. Clearly, the states were expected to provide whatever governance over church-related activities that government was permitted.
Type Text
Publisher Sunstone Education Foundation
Volume 6
Issue 4
First Page 37
Last Page 39
Subject First Amendment
Subject LCSH Church and state; Mormon Church; Mormons -- Political activity
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Firmage, E. B. (1981). Church in politics?. Sunstone, 6(4), 37-9.
Rights Management (c)Edwin Brown Firmage
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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