Fundamentalism, Politics, and the Law

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During the past decade, the growing intensity of fundamentalist movements has ignited increasingly heated debates and controversies over the role of religion in modern societies. Until 9/11, most debates in the modern United States over the intersection of religion, politics, and society had focused on the rise and influence of the fundamentalist Protestant-led Christian Right. But after that tragic day, fundamentalist religious beliefs commanded even more attention, though this time Islamic. Fundamentalism, ...

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During the past decade, the growing intensity of fundamentalist movements has ignited increasingly heated debates and controversies over the role of religion in modern societies. Until 9/11, most debates in the modern United States over the intersection of religion, politics, and society had focused on the rise and influence of the fundamentalist Protestant-led Christian Right. But after that tragic day, fundamentalist religious beliefs commanded even more attention, though this time Islamic. Fundamentalism, Politics, and the Law describes and analyzes the role of religious fundamentalist beliefs in the modern political world. Comprised of studies by leading scholars in law, political science, sociology and religion, this volume is organized around two major topics: the first examines the rise and the enduring influence of the Christian Right in U.S. politics and policy. The second focuses on the clash between fundamentalist practices in various religious traditions and societal norms and the law.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780230110632
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marci A. Hamilton is Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law in the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. She is the author of God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law (2005, 2007); Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (2008), and numerous scholarly articles on the interplay between law, politics, and religion. She is a columnist on constitutional and church/state issues for www.findlaw.com.

Mark J. Rozell is a professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and the author of numerous studies on religion and politics, the presidency, interest groups and other topics in American politics. His latest book is Executive Branch Czars and the Erosion of Democratic Controls (with Mitchel A. Sollenberger, 2012).

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Religious Fundamentalisms & the Global Resurgence—John L. Esposito
• Introduction: Fundamentalism, Politics, Law—Marci A. Hamilton and Mark J. Rozell
• Section I: Contemporary Studies of United States Protestant Fundamentalism
• Premillennialists in the New Millennium: The Christian Right in the United States—Clyde Wilcox
• From Darwin to Dover: An Overview of the Evolution Debate—David Masci
• Sex, Sin, and Social Policy: Religion and the Politics of Abstinence-Only Programs—Susan D. Rose
• Uncivil Religion: “Judeo-Christianity” and the Ten Commandments—Frederick Mark Gedicks and Roger Hendrix
• In “Bad Faith”: The Corruption of Charitable Choice—Steven K. Green
• Section II:   Beyond United States Protestant Fundamentalism
• Islamicism: Jihad and Fostering Political Islam in the United States—Bran Robert Calfano
• Judaism: Religious Ritual as a Form of Boundary Maintenance—Hella Winston
• Mormonism: Harm, Human Rights, and the Criminalization of Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy—Stephen A. Kent
• Catholicism: Fundamentalism in the Canon Law Tradition—Thomas P. Doyle
• Secrecy and the Underpinnings of Cycles of Child Sex Abuse in Religious Organizations—Marci A. Hamilton

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