Religion and the Law in America: An Encyclopedia of Personal Belief and Public Policy, Volume 1
This work is a comprehensive survey of one of the oldest - and hottest - debates in American history: the role of religion in the public discourse. Does freedom of religion include freedom from religion? Where exactly did the founding fathers intend to draw the line between church and state when they wrote the First Amendment? Despite more than two centuries of debate and over 300 Supreme Court decisions, we have never arrived at satisfactory answers to these questions. The relationship between church and state was contentious long before the framers of the Constitution undertook the bold experiment of separating the two, sparking a debate that would rage for centuries: What is the role of religion in government - and vice versa? Religion and the Law in America explores the many facets of this question, from prayer in public schools to the addition of the phrase under God to the Pledge of Allegiance, from government investigation of religious fringe groups to federal grants for faith-based providers of social services. In more than 250 A-Z entries, along with a series of broad, thematic essays, it examines the groups, laws, and court cases that have framed this ongoing debate.Through its careful, balanced exploration of the interaction between government and religion throughout the history of the United States, the work provides all Americans - students, scholars, and lay readers alike - with a deep understanding of one of the central, enduring issues in our history.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
abortion ACLU African Americans Aguillard allowed area of religion argued believed Bible reading Bill of Rights Board of Education Catholic Christian Circuit Court Civil Rights claimed colonies Congress conscientious objectors considered Constitution controversy Court held created creation science decision discrimination dissent district court draft Employment Division ernment establishment clause evolution exemption favor federal government force Fourteenth Amendment free exercise freedom of religion funds further reading gay marriage gion gious holding idea intelligent design issue Jehovah’s Witnesses Jews legislation Lemon test liberty ligion majority ment Mormon National Native Americans neutral noted O’Connor opinion opposed parents people’s Pledge political private schools prohibited protection public schools question reason regulations Rehnquist reli Religious Freedom religious groups religious schools ruled Scalia school board School District Smith state’s statute teachers teaching tion U.S. Supreme Court United upheld violated vote wanted York