Church-State Relations

Church-State Relations

by Francis Graham Lee
     
 

The relationship between church and state has been one of controversy since the founding of the republic. From the drafting of the religious liberty guarantees in the Constitution to the current debate over what role religion should play in the public life of the nation, the controversy continues unabated. This resource offers students an examination of 14

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The relationship between church and state has been one of controversy since the founding of the republic. From the drafting of the religious liberty guarantees in the Constitution to the current debate over what role religion should play in the public life of the nation, the controversy continues unabated. This resource offers students an examination of 14 persistent church-state issues from the founding of the republic to the early years of the 21st century. The examination of each issue features a narrative overview of the issue and a selection of primary documents espousing a variety of viewpoints on the issue. Documents include Supreme Court decisions, federal laws, speeches, newspaper editorials, and other statements of opposing positions. Issues covered include prayer in the schools, flag salute cases, the free exercise of religion, and school vouchers.

The work pays particular attention to the way in which Supreme Court decisions over the last two centuries have affected religious liberty. A full narrative overview of the issue and careful annotation of each document will help the reader to place the argument in historical, social, and political context. This is a valuable tool for student research on the controversial issues involved in the relationship between church and state.

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More an examination of how the non-establishment of religion and freedom of religion clause of the U.S. Constitution has played out in the courts than a history of church-state relations, this textbook follows the topic from the drafting of the Constitution to the debate over school vouchers. Specific topics include the treatment of the Mormon religion, the refusal of Jehovah's Witnesses to salute the flag, prayer in the public schools, the proposed Religious Freedom Amendment, and the display of religious symbols in public squares. Accompanying the text are significant excerpts from court opinions and other relevant documents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313310966
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2002
Series:
Major Issues in American History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

FRANCIS GRAHAM LEE is Professor of Political Science at Saint Joseph's University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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