God on Trial: Landmark Cases from America's Religious Battlefields

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An insightful and dramatic account of religious conflicts that keep America divided-from the acclaimed author of The Courage of Their Convictions

As the United States has become increasingly conservative, both politically and socially, in recent years, the fight between the religious right and those advocating for the separation of church and state has only intensified. As he did in The Courage of Their Convictions, award-winning author and legal expert Peter Irons combines an ...

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Overview

An insightful and dramatic account of religious conflicts that keep America divided-from the acclaimed author of The Courage of Their Convictions

As the United States has become increasingly conservative, both politically and socially, in recent years, the fight between the religious right and those advocating for the separation of church and state has only intensified. As he did in The Courage of Their Convictions, award-winning author and legal expert Peter Irons combines an approachable, journalistic narrative style with intimate first-person accounts from both sides of the conflict. Set against the backdrop of American history, politics, and law, God on Trial relates the stories of six recent cases in communities that have become battlefields in America's growing religious wars.

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Editorial Reviews

Howard Zinn
Peter Irons is that rare legal scholar who, with impeccable clarity, translates the most important constitutional issues of our time into human terms. (Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States)
Jay Sekulow
Finally, a book on the struggle for religious freedom that goes beyond the hype and the headlines . . . This is a must-read book. (Jay Sekulow, chief council, American Center for Law & Justice)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143113751
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 529,842
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Irons is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of five previous award-winning books. The most recent, A People's History of the Supreme Court, was awarded the Silver Gavel Certificate of Merit by the American Bar Association.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
"Respecting an Establishment of Religion"     1
"A Wall Between Church and State"     16
"We Can Never Give Up"     44
Barry Lynn     62
Jay Sekulow     72
"With the Cross of Jesus": The Mount Soledad Cross Case from San Diego, California     83
Phil Paulson     117
Phil Thalheimer     127
"No Pray, No Play": The Football-Game Prayer Case from Santa Fe, Texas     136
Debbie Mason     159
John Couch     170
"I Am the Lord Thy God": The Ten Commandments Cases from Kentucky and Texas     182
Louanne Walker and Dave Howe     215
Jimmie Greene     224
"One Nation, Under God": The Pledge of Allegiance Case from Elk Grove, California     234
Mike Newdow     260
Bill Lugg     271
"In the Beginning": The "Intelligent Design" Case from Dover, Pennsylvania     281
Casey and Jeff Brown     319
The Reverend Ed Rowand     329
Conclusion     339
Sources and Suggested Readings     351
Index     355
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