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Clause in the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbidding Congress from establishing a state religion. It prevents the passage of any law that gives preference to or forces belief in any one religion. It is paired with a clause that prohibits limiting the free expression of religion.
Variants of ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE
establishment clause or establishment-of-religion clause
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