Religious Liberty in America
The First Amendment in Historical and Contemporary Perspective
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
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"Sandwiched between the sprawling city limits of Los Angeles and the city of Pasadena—famous for its annual Tournament of Roses Parade—is the city of South Pasadena, a quiet little burg that has somehow managed to fend off freeways, high rise buildings, and the other encroachments of metropolitan life. Along a quarter-mile stretch of Fremont Avenue, which runs ..."
Chapter 1: From Revival to Religious Liberty
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"The separating of church from state certainly has not meant—despite some shrill cries that it should—the separating of religion from politics. Far from it. Churches and church goers have been active in American politics and social policy on explicit religious grounds from the American Revolution through the abolition movement and the Civil War and the ..."
Chapter 2: Understanding People of Faith
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"Typecasting people of faith is as easy from the living room armchair as it is from the newsroom or the classroom, especially when religious people in the news are shown saying or doing unreasonable things in the name of their religion. The image of religious people in America is often shaped by their responses to the most polarizing issues like abortion, homosexuality, and ..."
Chapter 3: With “God on Our Side”?: American Civil Religion
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"The same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God."
Chapter 4: Finding the Common Threads of Religious Liberty
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"It is by a mutual consent, through a special overvaluing providence and a more than ordinary approbation of the churches of Christ, to seek out a place of cohabitation and consortship under a due form of government both civil and ecclesiastical."
Chapter 5: Religious Liberty in Public Schools
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"The public school is at once the symbol of our democracy and the most pervasive means for promoting our common destiny. In no activity of the State is it more vital to keep out divisive forces than in its schools, to avoid confusing, not to say fusing, what the Constitution sought to keep strictly..."
Chapter 6: Transforming Lives and Transforming Government: Faith-Based Initiatives
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"Our faith- based institutions display [the] spirit of prayer and service in their work every day. People of faith have no corner on compassion. But people of faith need compassion if they are to be true to their most cherished beliefs. For prayer means more than presenting God with our plans and desires; prayer also means opening ourselves to God’s priorities, ..."
Chapter 7: Beyond the “Wall of Separation”: The Supreme Court and the First Amendment
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"The 'establishment of religion' clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the federal government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to..."
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Publication Year: 2008