Freedom of Religion:  Locke v. Davey and State Blaine Amendments

Freedom of Religion: Locke v. Davey and State Blaine Amendments
Douglas F. Johnson
October 2010

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-432-2 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5x8.5 / x, 220 pages

Price   $65.00

"an interesting analysis of a timely topic" -- Law and Politics Book Review


So-called “Blaine Amendments” in state constitutions are under attack because they may restrict the flow of tax dollars into religious institutions. The prevailing argument against the state Blaine Amendments is that they are unconstitutional expressions of Nineteenth Century anti-Catholic sentiment. Through an examination of Nineteenth Century historical trends and the test of state constitutions, Johnson challenges that argument. While he does not dispute the anti-Catholic currents of the Nineteenth Century, his work demonstrates that Blaine amendment supporters had many different motives other than anti-Catholic bias and that language adopted in state constitutions shows religiously neutral intent. This supports the conclusion that state Blaine Amendments are legitimate exercises of state power.

About the Author

Doug Johnson is the Associate Director for Learning Services in the Office of Academic Technology at the University of Florida managing the team that supports the course management system and related Internet technologies. In addition to this study in Constitutional law, Dr. Johnson has published articles on IT management and IT support, as well as on the ethics and philosophy of online instruction.