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Brigham Young University Prelaw Review

Abstract

This paper builds on current literature surrounding the need for increased religious freedom. Theories on conflict and threat describe how peace and religious freedom must be preceded by religious understanding. However, it is erroneous and presumptuous to claim that such religious understanding will increase naturally without intentional policies facilitating a climate tolerance and acceptance. Taboos limit governments' interaction with religion. It will be shown how secular benefits that religious freedom brings provide strong justification for cooperation between both institutions. A policy of comparative religious education improves mutual religious understanding and helps bring about increased economic growth and national security. Because America is a country with a legal system that can not only accommodate such a policy of comparative religious study but also allow it to thrive, America’s public schools will be the focus in this paper. Specifically, it will be proven how such an interaction between the State and religion is acceptable under the First Amendment.

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