Piety, Politics, and Pluralism: Religion, the Courts, and the 2000 Election

Piety, Politics, and Pluralism: Religion, the Courts, and the 2000 Election

by Mary C. Segers
     
 

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Piety, Politics, and Pluralism skillfully confronts the question: Is liberal democracy hostile to religion or is it compatible with the rights of believers? Prominent scholars analyze the controversy about religious freedom by examining two areas at the intersection of religion and politics in contemporary American society: the Supreme Court's 1990 decision in Oregon

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Piety, Politics, and Pluralism skillfully confronts the question: Is liberal democracy hostile to religion or is it compatible with the rights of believers? Prominent scholars analyze the controversy about religious freedom by examining two areas at the intersection of religion and politics in contemporary American society: the Supreme Court's 1990 decision in Oregon v. Smith and the events of the 2000 presidential campaign. Their essays remind us that in an increasingly pluralistic society, Americans must work continually to reconcile religious commitment and political obligation. Piety, Politics, and Pluralism is a groundbreaking work that will be indispensable to students of religion and politics, American politics, and constitutional law.

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Eleven essays, presented by Segers (political science, Rutgers U.) examine the ongoing tension in American society between religion and the state through discussions of two historical events. The first group of essays look at the role of religion in the 2000 presidential election, examining questions of religious rhetoric in campaigns, whether religion should be brought to bear in making policy, and whether candidates should discuss their religious beliefs in order to prove their moral qualifications for office. Later essays examine the ramifications of the 1990 Supreme Court case , in which two Native Americans were denied unemployment benefits after being fired for the religious consumption of peyote. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461640899
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/20/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
1 MB

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Mary C. Segers is professor of political science at Rutgers University.

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