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In a state formed in a struggle for religious freedom, and at a law school and university named after Roger Williams, what topic could be more appropriate for an Inaugural Lecture than the topic of religious liberty? My text tonight is a familiar one-the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Let us begin by looking carefully at these words, and pondering anew their significance: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . ."

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