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Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law by Cheryl Saunders, Thomas Fleiner, Mark Tushnet

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19Freedom of religion and religion–state relations

W Cole Durham, Jr and Carolyn Evans

19.1 Introduction

Every constitution on earth deals with religion.1 Reflecting a drive as deep in human anthropology as the yearning for love, and one that similarly has potential for both good and evil, religion (including its counterparts among secular world views) has been a presence in every society that we know, whether as a dominating force or as an alternative social vision. Because of the significance of religion at the level of society, religion is almost always a formative factor, or at least a source of influence that must be taken into account at the pre-constitutional moment when constituent power is exercised and constitutions are written and ...

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