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The first boatloads of European settlers did not come to America advocating religious tolerance. They came seeking the freedom to practice their own religion. Other sects, they believed, were wrong at best and, at worst, not to be tolerated.

The question of what constitutes "legitimate," constitutionally protected religious practice has been debated ever since. Does it include the use of peyote? Polygamy? Refusing medical care for a sick child? Freedom of Religion follows the ...

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Overview

The first boatloads of European settlers did not come to America advocating religious tolerance. They came seeking the freedom to practice their own religion. Other sects, they believed, were wrong at best and, at worst, not to be tolerated.

The question of what constitutes "legitimate," constitutionally protected religious practice has been debated ever since. Does it include the use of peyote? Polygamy? Refusing medical care for a sick child? Freedom of Religion follows the evolving understanding of the concept of religious freedom from Great Britain to the New World, through hundreds of U.S. courtrooms, to the volatile modern-day issues of school prayer and faith-based initiatives. The thorough, responsible, and cool-headed analysis presented here offers readers a solid grounding in the constitutional issues behind the headlines.

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"A useful review of religious freedom for general readers and lower-division undergraduates."

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" … thoughtful and well-written account … explores the origins and traces the development of America's religious liberty, the underlying principle of the policy of church and state separation … Given the timeliness of this subject, as well as the ongoing need to be ever-vigilant about matters of church and state, this work would be a valuable addition to high school and college libraries."

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Urofsky (public policy and history, Virginia Commonwealth U.-Richmond) offers a reference to high school and undergraduate students who are beginning research into debates about religious freedom in the US. After describing the origins and development of the concept and the establishment and free-exercise clauses of the Constitution, he provides a list of key people, cases, and events; the texts of relevant documents; a chronology; a table of cases; and an annotated bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576073124
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2002
  • Series: America's Freedoms Series
  • Pages: 436
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Origins and Development 19
3 The Establishment Clause 53
4 The Free Exercise Clause 113
5 Key People, Cases, and Events 163
6 Documents 197
Chronology 371
Table of Cases 373
Annotated Bibliography 377
Index 391
About the Author 411
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    Valuable and Timely Information

    Thank God people are trying to restore real religious freedom and pluralism. After all, we really need to stop the Christian Right, which regards religious freedom as the right to impose their beliefs on all of us. And after more than 20 years of their religious bigotry and hypocrisy, we need to understand just how wrong they are, because they have become much more politically influential than most people realize. Fortunately, this book, and others by authors like Joseph J. Adamson and Rob Boston, are providing ample evidence to expose the hypocrites. In fact, Adamson shows us exactly how the proud and militant will be brought low so that the humble, faithful and meek can finally inherit the earth. That's what real prophecy is all about.

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