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Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution$
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George Anastaplo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125336

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.001.0001

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. Unconventional Religious Duties and the Good Life

. Unconventional Religious Duties and the Good Life

(p.104) 2. Unconventional Religious Duties and the Good Life
Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

George Anastaplo

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter deals with the religious movement that was challenged by the Government of the United States in Reynolds v. United States (1878). It found, in biblical accounts of the lives of highly esteemed patriarchs, divinely sanctioned precedents for the polygamy permitted, perhaps even required, by the directives of an American Church. The chapter notes that this polygamy, in the Utah Territory of the United States, ran afoul of an Act of Congress. It also deals with another curious development seen in the animal-sacrifice case, Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah (1993). It notes that what is most curious about this case is the fact that the cult (known as the Santeria religion) dared to assert itself as it did, insisting upon the right to defy City of Hialeah directives that attempted to restrain some of the practices of this cult.

Keywords:   Reynolds v. United States (1878), polygamy, American Church, Utah Territory, Act of Congress, animal-sacrifice case, Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye Inc., City of Hialeah, Santeria religion, cult

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