Professor Kent Greenawalt

Religion and the Constitution, Volume I: Free Exercise and Fairness
Kent Greenawalt (Princeton University Press, 2006)

In his new two-volume work, Prof. Greenawalt addresses the challenge judges and lawmakers must face when considering constitutionally sanctioned religious freedom and tolerance and the laws and values of a liberal democracy, especially when religious groups seek exemption from the laws that govern American citizenry. This volume focuses on the Free Exercise Clause, one of the Constitution's two main clauses dealing with religion. Prof. Greenawalt begins by examining the clause and its origins, as well as relating a brief history of religious freedom. In the following chapters, he explores the main controversies that judges and lawmakers have confronted when balancing the competing demands of religious freedom, fairness, and constitutional validity. Volume 2 will focus on non-establishment.