The Resource Defending American religious neutrality, Andrew Koppelman

Defending American religious neutrality, Andrew Koppelman

Label
Defending American religious neutrality
Title
Defending American religious neutrality
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Koppelman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Although it is often charged with hostility toward religion, First Amendment doctrine in fact treats religion as a distinctive human good. It insists, however, that this good be understood abstractly, without the state taking sides on any theological question. Here, a leading scholar of constitutional law explains the logic of this uniquely American form of neutrality--more religion-centered than liberal theorists propose, and less overtly theistic than conservatives advocate. The First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion is under threat. Growing numbers of critics, including a near-majority of the Supreme Court, seem ready to cast aside the ideal of American religious neutrality. Andrew Koppelman defends that ideal and explains why protecting religion from political manipulation is imperative in an America of growing religious diversity. Understanding American religious neutrality, Koppelman shows, can explain some familiar puzzles. How can Bible reading in public schools be impermissible while legislative sessions begin with prayers, Christmas is an official holiday, and the words "under God" appear in the Pledge of Allegiance? Are faith-based social services, public financing of religious schools, or the teaching of intelligent design constitutional? Combining legal, historical, and philosophical analysis, Koppelman shows how law coherently navigates these conundrums. He explains why laws must have a secular legislative purpose, why old, but not new, ceremonial acknowledgments of religion are permitted, and why it is fair to give religion special treatment."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Koppelman, Andrew
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4865
LC item number
.K67 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Church and state
  • Freedom of religion
  • Ecclesiastical law
Label
Defending American religious neutrality, Andrew Koppelman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The American specification of neutrality -- Corruption of religion and the establishment clause -- Religion clause doctrine explained -- Why single out religion? -- A secular state?
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
243 p.
Isbn
9780674067561
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2012008382
System control number
  • 4099954-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4099954
  • (Sirsi) o778828824
  • (OCoLC)778828824
Label
Defending American religious neutrality, Andrew Koppelman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The American specification of neutrality -- Corruption of religion and the establishment clause -- Religion clause doctrine explained -- Why single out religion? -- A secular state?
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
243 p.
Isbn
9780674067561
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2012008382
System control number
  • 4099954-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4099954
  • (Sirsi) o778828824
  • (OCoLC)778828824

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