Category Archive: Law

Jun 19

June 19: Torcaso v. Watkins (1961): No Religious Test for Public Office

It was on this date, June 19, 1961, that the U.S. Supreme Court reminded the State of Maryland, and the rest of the nation, that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution applies equally to the states in its Torcaso v. Watkins decision (367 U.S. 488 (1961); 81 S.Ct. 1680, 6 L.Ed.2d 982). Maryland is …

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Nov 16

November 16: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (1993)

Signing the RFRA

It was on this date, November 16, 1993, that the U.S. Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Pub. L. No. 103-141, 107 Stat. 1488). RFRA, as it is called, was introduced in March 1993 and was aimed at preventing laws that substantially burden a person’s free exercise of their religion. Although invalidated at the …

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Oct 24

October 24: Sir James Mackintosh (1765)

James Mackintosh

It was on this date, October 24, 1765, that Scottish political philosopher and politician James Mackintosh was born in Aldourie, near Inverness-shire, Scotland. Because his mother died while he was a child, and his father was frequently abroad, Mackintosh was reared by grandparents. He studied at King’s College, University of Aberdeen and, in 1787, took …

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