From Library Journal
Like Levy's earlier work, this new book on the establishment clause of the First Amendment is exhaustively researched, forcefully and relentlessly argued. It traces the sources of disestablishment in the colonial experience, offers exegetical commentary on the relevant discussion at the constitutional convention and in the ratification contests, and insistently concludes that Congress, in writing the religious freedom clause, took the broad view, flatly prohibiting government support to religion in generali.e., to all denominations, without discrimination. Opponents argue that the Framers did not intend to forbid aid to all denominations on a nondiscriminatory basis. Levy takes on McCloskey, Corwin, Justices White, Burger, Rehnquist, the Attorney General, the President himself. It is no contest. The argument for absolute disestablishment has been made, once and for all. Milton Cantor, History Dept., Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
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Leonard Levy's The Establishment Clause: Religion and the First Amendment is a class work examines the circumstances that led to the writing of the establishment clause of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. . . " He argues that, contrary to popular belief, the framers of the Constitution intended to prohibit government aid to religion even on an impartial basis. He thus refutes the view of "non-preferentialists," who interpret the clause as allowing such aid provided that the assistance is not restricted to a preferred church. This is a new edition in which Levy has added to his original arguments and incorporated much new material, including an analysis of Thomas Jefferson's ideas on the relationship between church and state and a discussion of the establishment clause cases brought before th Supreme Court since the book was original published in 1986. -- Midwest Book Review