School Prayer and Discrimination: The Civil Rights of Religious Minorities and Dissenters / Edition 1

School Prayer and Discrimination: The Civil Rights of Religious Minorities and Dissenters / Edition 1

by Frank S. Ravitch
     
 

ISBN-10: 1555534775

ISBN-13: 9781555534776

Pub. Date: 05/24/2001

Publisher: Northeastern University Press

In this provocative work, Frank S. Ravitch redirects the heated debate over prayer in the public schools. He asserts that current legal discourse, which centers this controversial issue around First Amendment rights, underestimates the ways in which school prayer fosters discrimination against religious minorities and dissenters. Arguing that traditional…  See more details below

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In this provocative work, Frank S. Ravitch redirects the heated debate over prayer in the public schools. He asserts that current legal discourse, which centers this controversial issue around First Amendment rights, underestimates the ways in which school prayer fosters discrimination against religious minorities and dissenters. Arguing that traditional Constitutional doctrine is inadequate to address the harmful effects of public school religious exercises, Ravitch looks to civil rights principles and anti-discrimination laws for an alternative approach.

The author confronts the discrimination issue head-on, citing recent dramatic incidents of intimidation, harassment, and physical violence toward both religious minorities and those who oppose religious observances in the schools. He examines the legal, political, and social realities that create such occurrences, concluding that discrimination is likely to become more widespread, particularly as the religious right aggressively promotes the expansion of organized religious exercises in schools. Following a survey of current civil rights statutes and their limitations in dealing with this issue, Ravitch presents a draft of a statute that directly confronts this form of discrimination.

This timely work offers fresh insights into the school prayer debate and it makes a strong case for viewing this controversial issue from a new perspective.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555534776
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
05/24/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1From Riots to Harassment3
Ch. 2The Christian Right and the Public Schools19
Ch. 3The Current Legal Status of Public School Religious Exercises44
Ch. 4The Social Context74
Ch. 5Where Do We Go from Here?88
Ch. 6The Utility of Antidiscrimination Law103
Ch. 7The Limitations of Using the Constitution128
Ch. 8A Model for Protecting Religious Minorities and Dissenters144
Ch. 9The Proposed Statute and the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses176
Ch. 10Can Existing Law Help?192
Ch. 11Somebody Make It Stop206
Notes213
Index265

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