The Framers’ Debates on Religion
The First Amendment and the Utah Constitution
Lesson III: The Utah State Constitution of 1895
Step 7. Prepare for Discussion
Prepare for Class Discussion
Write your answers on a piece of paper or type them in a Word document. Come ready to share in a class discussion.
Discussion Questions: Lessons I and II
- What was your proposed religion amendment to the First Federal Congress at the beginning of Bill of Rights debates? Explain your reasons for your proposal. (Lesson II, Step 3)
- How does your proposed amendment respond to questions about the government’s relationship with religion at the time? (Recall those questions 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?
- What do you think are the most significant changes to the proposed amendment about religion during the debates? (Lesson II, Step 8)
Discussion Questions: Lesson III
- Did any of the parts about religion in the Utah state constitution surprise you? If so, why? (Lesson III, Step 3)
- What are some ways you might apply the 3Rs Framework of Rights, Responsibility and Respect to how you interact with others in your community? (Lesson III, Step 5)
- How can a decision-maker’s mindset about history inform how you engage in your community today? (Lesson III, Step 5)
- How did the decisions of the congressmen in the First Federal Congress influence the protection of the rights of conscience today?
- How did the decisions of the delegates to the Utah constitutional convention influence protections of the rights of conscience today?
- How could it have turned out differently?
Congratulations! You completed all seven steps of Lesson III.