Science, Religion and the First Amendment

The first amendment of the United States Constitution forbids state-sanctioned religion, yet guarantees the right to its expression: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Today, certain groups seem eager to promote nonsense in public education derived (openly or not) from their beliefs, whereas others argue that religion itself consists of nothing but nonsense. Herein lies a conflict: given these competing interests, how do we implement a constitutional mandate enabling both freedom from and to religion?

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