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Vote Now: An amendment about separating church and state

September 13, 2013 by NCC Staff


Does the Constitution need a new amendment to clarify a separation between church and state? Vote now in our “Next 10 Amendments” project!

The debate over the topic goes back to the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and to later statements made by Thomas Jefferson. And this fall, the Supreme Court will hear another high-profile case about prayer in public places as part of the on-going debate.

10 amendments logoThe National Constitution Center’s Next 10 Amendments project is asking Constitution Daily readers to vote about 10 possible changes to the Constitution through the amendment process.

Note: Suggested amendments come from readers and represent different viewpoints, and not the viewpoint of the National Constitution Center.

We presented 10 topics for discussion starting this summer and the online debates were moderated by Chris Phillips, research fellow of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania and executive director of the nonprofit organization Democracy Café.

We also asked readers to suggest wording for proposed amendments, which went to our editorial board. And after reading the comments and suggestions, we have 10 proposed amendments for our readers to consider.

So exercise your civic duty, join the discussion and check back on Constitution Day to see what America has to say about our founding document.

CURRENT VOTE: Separation of church and state.


“There shall be separation of Church and State.”

VOTE BELOW. (If you can’t see the voting box below, click this link.)

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