During the past twenty years, there has been a proliferation of significant, yet often overlooked, state-level legislative developments that challenge the notion of a limited role for government in the promotion or facilitation of religion and that seek to allow and protect greater religious expression in public institutions. For example, several states have passed laws that allow for religious displays or mottoes in public spaces, while other states now have mandates requiring moments of silence in public schools.1

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While debates about the appropriate relationship between church and state have long been acrimonious,2 since the mid-1990s there has been a marked increase at the state level in both the type and number of laws that both directly and indirectly impact church-state...

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