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Trumping Religion
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The first scholarly treatment of the strategies employed by the New Christian Right in litigating cases regarding religion.

Trumping Religion provides a detailed analysis of the five major public-interest law firms that have litigated religion cases in the federal courts between 1980 and 2000. Allied with several highly vocal, evangelical ministries, such as those of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robinson, these legal organizations argue that religious expression is a form of protected speech and thereby gain a greater latitude of interpretation in the courts. The long-term agenda of the New Christian Right as illuminated by this study is to shape church-state jurisprudence in a way that permits free course for the Christian gospel.

Steven P. Brown presents his research and conclusions from a balanced viewpoint. In filling a distinct void in the literature, this book will be of considerable interest to political scientists, legal scholars, law schools and seminaries, and anyone concerned with the intersection of religion and judicial politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. The Bible and the Bench: An Introduction to New Christian Right Activism in the Courts
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. A Perfect State of Society: The Emergence of Conservative Christian Public Interest Law
  2. pp. 13-26
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  1. 3. One in Purpose: The Firms That Litigate the New Christian Right Agenda
  2. pp. 27-45
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  1. 4. “Incremental Pragmatism”: Legal Strategies of the New Christian Right
  2. pp. 46-61
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  1. 5. Scaling the Establishment Wall: Free Speech and the Supreme Court’s Religion Cases
  2. pp. 62-85
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  1. 6. Pathbreakers and Gatekeepers: The Lower Federal Court Response to the New Christian Right
  2. pp. 86-119
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  1. 7. Money, Media, and (Not So) Gentle Persuasion: New Christian Right Lawyers Outside the Courtroom
  2. pp. 120-135
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  1. 8. Legal Right or Gospel Tool? The Past and Future of the New Christian Right’s Free Speech Strategy in the Courts
  2. pp. 136-145
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  1. Appendix: Table of Cases
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 153-170
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 171-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-187
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