William W. Van Alstyne (William & Mary Law School) has posted What is ‘An Establishment of Religion?’. The abstract follows.—YAH

This critical examination of the phrase “an establishment of religion” contained within the First Amendment uses an analysis to the exact language to draw out several possible interpretations, including: state established churches, the conventional understanding restricting any legislation dealing with religion, and the existence of religion in the actual operation of government.

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