The Framers’ Debates on Religion
The First Amendment and the Utah Constitution
Lesson II. Amending the U.S. Constitution with a Bill of Rights
Step 3. Your Proposal
Make Your Proposal for an Amendment About Religion
If you had a chance to be in the First Federal Congress, what amendment about religion would you propose? In 1-3 sentences, propose an amendment concerning religion for deliberation by the First Federal Congress (1789).
Consider the English history of forced religion and the questions about a federal amendment concerning religion below.
- Should Congress be banned from making any laws concerning religion?
- If Congress can make laws concerning religion, should all states in the Union be covered by the same law?
- Should Congress be able to require codes of religious behavior to ensure virtuous citizens?
Once you write your proposed amendment, write a paragraph explaining your reasoning. Bring your proposed amendment and your reasoning to the class discussion after you complete this module.