A Wall of Separation?: Debating the Public Role of Religion

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Political Science - 191 pages
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Should the wall of separation between church and state be permeable or inviolable? This question has been hotly contested since the nation's founding and contentious debates persist today. With a collection of the most significant documents and an introduction by Clarke E. Cochran that provides the historical context of the debate, prominent scholars Mary Segers and Ted Jelen debate the impact of organized religion on the democratic process, examine its influence on political discourse, and discuss its significance for the creation of public policy. The authors illuminate the constitutional implications of using religion to cultivate public morality and discuss the complexities of creating a civic-minded citizenry in a pluralistic society.
 

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Contents

In Defense of Religious Minimalism
3
In Defense of Religious Freedom
53
Select Bibliography
115
Readings
123
Thomas Jefferson Reply to the Danbury Baptist Association January 1 1802
125
Thomas Jefferson Notes on Virginia 17811782
126
Thomas Jefferson Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty 1786
130
James Madison A Memorial and Remonstrance on the Religious Rights of Man 1784
132
US Constitution Article VI 1787
139
John F Kennedy Remarks on Church and State Delivered to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association September 12 1960
140
Mario M Cuomo Religious Belief and Public Morality A Catholic Governors Perspective Address at the University of Notre Dame September 131984
144
Selected Supreme Court Cases
160
Lemon v Kurtzman 403 US 602 1971
168
Employment Division Department of Human Resources of Oregon v Smith 494 US 872 1990
171
Index
185
About the Authors
191

US Constitution First Amendment 1791
138

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Mary Segers is professor of political science at Rutgers University. Ted G. Jelen is chair of the political science department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Clarke E. Cochran is professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

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