Title

Employment Division v. Smith (1990)

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

In Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990), the Supreme Court changed free exercise law dramatically by ruling that generally applicable laws not targeting specific religious practices do not violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. The Court abandoned the compelling interest test that it had used in free exercise cases since 1963 in Sherbert v. Verner.

Publisher

Congressional Quarterly Press

City

Washington, D.C.

Publication Information

Encyclopedia of the First Amendment

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