The constitution of religious freedom should be required reading for the policymakers and policy activists who shape the role of religion in american political life richard a brisbin jr professor of political science west virginia university. Under the doctrine of incorporation the first amendment has been made applicable to the statestherefore the states must guarantee the freedom of religion in the same way the federal government must many states have freedom of religion established in their constitution though the exact legal consequences of this right vary for historical and cultural reasons. The constitution of religious freedom god politics and the first amendment dennis j goldford in a time when the question of american religious identity underlies much political conversation dennis goldford directs his readers to consider the first amendment. The first amendment amendment i to the united states constitution prevents the government from making laws which respect an establishment of religion prohibit the free exercise of religion or abridge the freedom of speech the freedom of the press the right to peaceably assemble or the right to petition the government for redress of . The constitution of religious freedom god politics and the first amendment by dennis j goldford waco tx baylor university press 2012 pp xii 264 4495
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