Category Archives: Religious Freedom

Relationship Between Public Law and “Morality”

The laws enacted become expressions of public morality.  As Justice Holmes put it, “(t)he law is the witness and deposit of our moral life.”[420] “In a liberal democracy, the law reflects social morality over a period of time.”[421] Occasionally though, a disproportionate political … Continue reading

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Philippine “Separation of Church and State” Constitutional Clause: Nature, Purpose, Tests Based on Philippine and American Religion Clause History, Law and Jurisprudence

Philippine Religion Clauses: Nature, Purpose, Tests Based on Philippine and American Religion Clause History, Law and Jurisprudence The history of the religion clauses in the 1987 Constitution shows that these clauses were largely adopted from the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  The … Continue reading

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“Separation of Church and State” in the Philippines

VII. Religion Clauses in the Philippines A. History Before our country fell under American rule, the blanket of Catholicism covered the archipelago.  There was a union of church and state and Catholicism was the state religion under theSpanish Constitution of 1876.  Civil … Continue reading

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“Separation of Church and State” in the United States: Concept, Jurisprudence, Standards

Religion Clauses in the United States: Concept, Jurisprudence, Standards With the widespread agreement regarding the value of the First Amendment religion clauses comes an equally broad disagreement as to what these clauses specifically require, permit and forbid.  No agreement has been reached … Continue reading

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Factors Contributing to the Adoption of the So Called American “Separation of Church and State”

Factors Contributing to the Adoption of the American Religion Clauses Settlers fleeing from religious persecution in Europe, primarily in Anglican-dominated England, established many of the American colonies.  British thought pervaded these colonies as the immigrants brought with them their religious and political … Continue reading

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