RELST 233: Schedule of Readings & Assignments – REVISED (Sp17)

PRIMARY DOCUMENTS:

1620: Mayflower Compact

1776: Virginia Declaration of Rights

1779 (drafted; passed in 1786): Virginia Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom

1787: Northwest Ordinance

1789: U.S. Constitution, Article VI

1791: U.S. Constitution, Amendments 1-10

1861: Constitution of the Confederate States of America

1868: U.S. Constitution, Amendment 14

1875: Blaine Amendment (Special thanks to Jocelin James for finding this link!)

CASE LAW (Highlights)

February 28: Reynolds v. United States, 98 U.S. 145 (1878)

March 2: Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296 (1940); West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

March 7: United States v. Ballard, 322 U.S. 78 (1944);  Everson v. Board of Education of Ewing Township, 330 U.S. 1 (1947)

March 9: Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961)

EXTRA: McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203 (1948)

March 14: Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962); Sherbert v. Verner, 374 U.S. 398 (1963)

EXTRA: Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963)

March 16: Mid-Term Exam #1 (no new reading)

March 21-23: NO  CLASS (Spring Break)

March 28: United States v. Seeger, 380 U.S. 163 (1965); Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602  (1971)

EXTRA: Epperson v. Arkansas, 393 U.S. 97 (1968)

March 30: Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972)

EXTRA: McDaniel v. Paty, 435 U.S. 618  (1978)

April 4: Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668 (1984)

EXTRA: Stone v. Graham, 449 U.S. 39 (1980); Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783 (1983)

April 6: Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38 (1985)

EXTRA: Goldman v. Weinberger, 475 U.S. 503 (1986)

April 11: NO CLASS (Pesah)

April 13: Edwards v. Aguillard, 482 U.S. 578  (1987); Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association, 485 U.S. 439 (1988)

April 18: Employment Division, Oregon Department of Human Resources v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990)

EXTRA: Westside Community Board of Education v. Mergens, 496 U.S. 226 (1990)

April 20: “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993” (.pdf); City of Beorne v. Flores, 521 U.S. 507 (1997)

EXTRA: Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577 (1992)

DUE: PHASE III (Case-use Outline)

April 25: MID-TERM EXAM #2 (no new reading)

RECONSIDERING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

April 27: New Frontiers

READ: HAMMOND, chapters 5, 6, 7

READ: Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 492 U.S. 490 (1989) [focus on opinion by Justice Stevens, concurring in part and dissenting in part, p. 560 ]; Cruzan v. Director, MDH, 497 U.S. 261 (1990) [focus on opinion by Justice Stevens, dissenting, p. 301]; Obergefell v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, no. 14-556 (2015).

May 2: Future Battles over Religious Liberty?

READ:  Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., no. 13-354  (2014); Ben-Levi v. Brown, no. 14-10186 (2016), cert. denied (Justice Alito, dissenting); Stormans v. Weisman, no. 15-862 (2016), cert. denied. (Justice Alito, dissenting)

May 4: VWC Port Day (No class)

May 9: International Religious Freedom, Conclusions

READ: Concerns Over Religious Freedom Have Increased in Last Three Years” (Barna); Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act” (.pdf), Jihad vs. McWorld” (Barber)

May 16: DUE (by 2:00 p.m.): PHASE IV (Final Paper)