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Podcast: The history and meaning of the Establishment Clause

December 17, 2015 by NCC Staff


(credit: Victoria Pickering)
(credit: Victoria Pickering)

It’s We the People: Holiday Edition! In a season of many religious celebrations, complete with public expressions of faith, we explore the history and contemporary application of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”


Michael McConnell is the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.


Marci Hamilton is the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and Senior Fellow in the Fox Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania.


McConnell and Hamilton wrote about the Establishment Clause for the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution.


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This show was engineered by David Stotz and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided byJoshua Waimberg and Danieli Evans. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.


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