Definition of the Establishment Clause from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Establishment Clause

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the article in the First Amendment to the American Constitution which created the separation of Church and State in the US by forbidding the government to establish a state religion. The US Supreme Court used it in 1962 for a decision that stopped prayers in schools, and this upset many US Christians. However, 'In God We Trust' is still the National Motto and is on US coins.