Kaitlyn Rentala is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).
Every person has been told the common maxim to never talk politics or religion at the dinner table. While maybe best avoided at a dinner party, the intersection of politics and religion is in fact a critical topic in American history that requires thoughtful discourse. From the establishment of “separation of church and state” in the First Amendment, religious liberty has long been a highly debated issue in the legal realm. To fully examine the history of religious liberty in the United States, one must look at the landmark Supreme Court cases that established the parameters in which religion interacts with government today.