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dc.contributor.authorBroida, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T19:18:03Z
dc.date.available2021-09-07T19:18:03Z
dc.date.issued2018-06-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/2662
dc.description.abstractThis paper argues that the Lemon test is a clear and pragmatic method for ensuring that Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court remain objective when interpreting the Constitution’s Establishment Clause. Critics of the Lemon test have mistakenly suggested that it provides an overly broad interpretation of the Establishment Clause that surpasses its original intent. Analysis of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971), Marsh v. Chambers (1983) and Lee v. Weisman (1992) will reveal that blame for the test’s supposed flaws rests on the Justices themselves. Analysis of relevant studies will shed light on the Justices as human decision makers and reinforce the strength of the Lemon test. The test is an important tool to prevent Justices from relying on subjective reasoning and shield their decisions from their limitations as human decisions makers when interpreting the Establishment Clause.
dc.subjectSupreme Court
dc.subjectEstablishment Clause
dc.subjectFirst Amendment
dc.subjectConstitution
dc.titleChurch, State and the Lemon Test: The Shortcomings of the Supreme Court When Deciding Establishment Clause Cases
dc.typearticle
refterms.dateFOA2021-09-07T19:18:03Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.source.peerreviewedTRUE
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.description.publicationtitle#History: A Journal of Student Research
dc.contributor.organizationThe College at Brockport
dc.languate.isoen_US


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