The Separation of Church and State Stephen Carter
Carter observes that “the wall [between church and state] has to have a few doors in it” (paragraph 10). What sorts of doors does Carter advocate? Why?
Carter adopts a historical perspective toward the Establishment Clause and the separation of church and state. How does this perspective shape his argument?
Cater’s prose is generally formal and academic, but he adopts a more casual form tone repeatedly in the essay. What are the effects of this stylistic choice?
Locate and read the text of the Supreme Court opinions Carter discusses. What do you think the opinion is saying about the separation of church and state? Write about the ways in which your interpretation of the opinion supports or challenges Carter’s?