Religion-State Relations in the United States and Germany: The Quest for Neutrality Claudia E. Haupt

ISBN: 9781107015821

Published: December 31st 2011

Hardcover

220 pages


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Religion-State Relations in the United States and Germany: The Quest for Neutrality  by  Claudia E. Haupt

Religion-State Relations in the United States and Germany: The Quest for Neutrality by Claudia E. Haupt
December 31st 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 220 pages | ISBN: 9781107015821 | 5.62 Mb

This comparative analysis of the constitutional law of religion-state relations in the United States and Germany focuses on the principle of state neutrality. A strong emphasis on state neutrality, a notoriously ambiguous concept, is a shared featureMoreThis comparative analysis of the constitutional law of religion-state relations in the United States and Germany focuses on the principle of state neutrality.

A strong emphasis on state neutrality, a notoriously ambiguous concept, is a shared feature in the constitutional jurisprudence of the US Supreme Court and the German Federal Constitutional Court, but neutrality does not have the same meaning in both systems. In Germany neutrality tends to indicate more distance between church and state, whereas the opposite is the case in the United States. Neutrality also has other meanings in both systems, making straightforward comparison more difficult than it might seem.

Although the underlying trajectory of neutrality is different in both countries, the discussion of neutrality breaks down into largely parallel themes. By examining those themes in a comparative perspective, the meaning of state neutrality in religion-state relations can be delineated.



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