Separation of Church and State: Four Case Studies
This is a teachable moment for study and discussion of the First Amendment and the religiously tinged politics of our time. Church/state issues have recently dominated the news: disputes over the teaching of evolution, efforts to make a constitutional issue of gay marriage, senatorial battles over federal appeals court appointees, and the perennial Roe v. Wade issue.
This set of activities help students explore the issue of church and state, beginning with a True-False quiz to stimulate student interest in the First Amendment. Reading 1 offers an historical overview of the First Amendment. Reading 2 provides four case studies for student examination and role-playing.