The American Legal System
Free exercise of religion; no establishment of religionThat religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other. No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain their opinions in matters of religion, and the same shall in nowise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities. And the General Assembly shall not prescribe any religious test whatever, or confer any peculiar privileges or advantages on any sect or denomination, or pass any law requiring or authorizing any religious society, or the people of any district within this Commonwealth, to levy on themselves or others, any tax for the erection or repair of any house of public worship, or for the support of any church or ministry; but it shall be left free to every person to select his religious instructor, and to make for his support such private contract as he shall please.Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:Recognize that the civil government has only been given limited authority for limited purposes.Express the biblical limitations on the jurisdiction/authority of the civil government.Assess when the civil government is exceeding its jurisdiction and usurping the jurisdiction of other authorities appointed by God such as the church, family, or self.Explain how the biblical principles of jurisdiction have been incorporated into the American legal system.For more information on The American Legal System check on:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_the_United_States
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