The constitution of religious freedom god politics and the first amendment dennis j goldford on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in a time when the question of american religious identity underlies much political conversation that fills the public square. Under the doctrine of incorporation the first amendment has been made applicable to the statestherefore the states must guarantee the freedom of religion in the same way the federal government must many states have freedom of religion established in their constitution though the exact legal consequences of this right vary for historical and cultural reasons. The first amendment amendment i to the united states constitution prevents the government from making laws which respect an establishment of religion prohibit the free exercise of religion or abridge the freedom of speech the freedom of the press the right to peaceably assemble or the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. The constitution of religious freedom god politics and the first amendment dennis j goldford in a time when the question of american religious identity underlies much political conversation dennis goldford directs his readers to consider the first amendment. Religion in the original constitution the first amendment the wall of separation representative james madison rose and gave a speech in the house where he introduced a series of articles of amendment one concerned religious freedom the statement that the united states is a nation under god is an endorsement of religion it is a
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