Politics and Religion in France and the United States

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Alec G. Hargreaves, John Kelsay, Sumner B. Twiss
Lexington Books, 2007 - History - 200 pages
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Religion and Politics in France and the United States compares the current status and views of Jews, Christians, and Muslims regarding political life in two states. Longstanding traditions of laicite and of constitutional law frame discussions of political speech, voting patterns, and attempts to deal with demographic and cultural shifts characteristic of French and American societies. Papers by leading scholars demonstrate the ways that historical experience sheds light on current events; how it is, for example, that previous efforts to deal with religious difference affect current approaches to the display of religious symbols in state schools, or how the struggles of minority groups for recognition affect voting patterns. One question running throughout the volume is, what can French and American policymakers and citizens learn from one another, as they seek to deal with the challenges presented by contemporary life? This book is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
 

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Contents

Religion Politics and Law in the United States in Comparative Perspective
3
Historical and Constitutional Relations between Churches and the State in France
15
Protestantism
27
Religious Freedom and American Protestantism
29
Putting God into the City Protestants in France
49
Catholicism
63
The Catholic Story The Political Consequences of Internal Pluralism
65
French Catholics Secularization and Politics
79
From Assimilation to PostRepublicanism Jews in France
111
Islam
121
To Vote or Not to Vote The Politicization of American Islam
123
From Migrants to Citizens Muslims in France
139
Conclusions
155
Current Issues in France
157
Politicized Religion in France and the United States Different Histories Common Ideals Similar Dilemmas
171
Index
183

Judaism
95
The American Jewish Experience
97
About the Contributors
197
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Alec G. Hargreaves is director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University. John Kelsay is distinguished research professor and Richard L. Rubinstein Professor of Religion at Florida State University. Sumner B. Twiss is distinguished professor of human rights, ethics, and religion at Florida State University, and professor emeritus of religious studies at Brown University.

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