Religious Interests in Community Conflict
Beyond the Culture Wars
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: Baylor University Press
Title Page, Copyright
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
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We began this project in an academic effort to contribute to theory building in religion and politics, but we also managed to have an enormous amount of fun working on the book that has resulted. Our field is very collaborative, and this book is as well. The two of us had worked together on other projects before beginning this book, and we had also worked with many of the volume’s contributors. We believe the...
Chapter 1:Toward a Fuller Understanding of Religion and Politics
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Religion and politics have been profoundly intertwined in the United States since before the founding of the republic, despite constitutional prohibitions against state intervention in religious matters. Religious interest groups lobby government alongside secular interest groups. Political candidates target specific religious constituencies for their...
Chapter 2: God and Gaming: Community Conflict over a Proposed Indian Casino in West Michigan
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When a major commercial development is proposed for a small, rural community, conflict is likely. When that development is an Indian casino and the rural community is largely white as well as culturally and theologically...
Chapter 3: Sweet Land of Liberty: The Gay Marriage Amendment in Nevada
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In 2002 the voters of the state of Nevada passed the second of two referenda (Question 2) required to amend the Nevada Constitution to define “marriage” as a union between a man and a woman. As a result,...
Chapter 4: Clergy and Controversy: A Study of Clergy and Gay Rights in Columbus, Ohio
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In 2004, voters in eleven states voted on various forms of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and the proposals passed by comfortable margins in all eleven...
Chapter 5: Religious Interests in Community Collaboration: The Quiet Fight for Health Care in South Omaha
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This chapter tells the story of how a coalition of religious interests responded to growing health care crises in an urban neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska. Two Lutheran (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America [ELCA]) ministers began a process that brought various religious interests...
Chapter 6: Homelessness, Ecumenism, and Politics in Racine, Wisconsin
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From 1993 until 2005, a faith-based organization almost singlehandedly sheltered the burgeoning homeless population of Racine, Wisconsin, a small city south of Milwaukee. Each year, a network of seven churches—some longtime participants in the program and other...
Part III: Religion in the Public Square
Chapter 7: Religious Interests and the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday in Greenville, South Carolina
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Greenville County, South Carolina, is exactly the sort of place to observe “culture wars” first hand. As the state’s largest county, Greenville is a big notch in the Bible Belt: one birthplace of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination...
Chapter 8: Salt Lake City’s Main Street Plaza Controversy
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During the past several years, an enormous conflict erupted not only in Salt Lake City but also across the entire state of Utah over the sale of a block of Main Street in Salt Lake City to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...
Chapter 9: From Riots to Reconciliation: The Religious Interests Involved in Healing Cincinnati after Racial Unrest
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The city of Cincinnati is no stranger to the spotlight, having been on the front lines of national debates involving morality and family values for decades. Battles over the distribution of Larry...
Chapter 10: Unity in the Face of the Faceless Clergy Opposition to the Ku Klux Klan in Northwest Arkansas
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Whenever the Ku Klux Klan comes to town, there is apt to be conflict, especially if the town they come to is Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Struggling to distance themselves from lingering southern stereotypes, residents...
Chapter 11: A Meditation on and Meta-analysis of the Public Presence of Religious Interests
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In this volume, we set out to take stock of the public intersections of religion and politics in the United States, tell some engaging stories, and build evidence to assess the theoretical work that has been completed during...
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About the Contributors
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Michael W. Bowers is vice provost for academic affairs and professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is author...
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Page Count: 353
Publication Year: 2007