. Unconventional Religious Duties and the Good Life

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI:
. Unconventional Religious Duties and the Good Life

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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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