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Religion and Federal Law Collide

9/11 unveiled extreme Muslim beliefs that challenged U.S. norms and laws. Yet from banning polygamy to legalizing same-sex marriage, the battle between private beliefs and public law rages on.

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Duration
60-90 minutes
Topic(s)
  • Politics
  • Protests
  • Religious Liberty
Grade(s)
  • 9-12

You're Exploring Freedom of Belief

Is religion above federal law?

HISTORICAL ORIGINS
‘Scenes in an American Harem’ Teaser
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1876: Religious Belief Challenges Marriage Law

On behalf of the Mormon church, George Reynolds defends the practice of polygamy and presents the first test of the First Amendment free exercise clause.

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CONTEMPORARY CONSIDERATIONS

2015: Using Religion for Work Exemption

Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because she says her religious beliefs don't allow her to endorse the unions.

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