God on Trial: Dispatches from America's Religious Battlefields

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Penguin, 2007 - Počet stran: 362
An in-depth look at five recent landmark court battles over the separation of church and state

Over the past two decades, federal courts have become contentious battlefields in AmericaÂ's growing religious wars. Since 1989, five momentous court cases have divided communities—and the nation. Peter Irons, a noted constitutional scholar, lawyer, and author of the bestselling May It Please the Court, delivers a compelling narrative accompanied by first-person accounts from both sides of the fight in these historic cases.

In 1989, residents of San Diego challenged a forty-three-foot-high cross in the center of a public park; 1995 brought a dispute in a Texas town over the recital of prayers at high school football games; in rural Kentucky in 1999, a lawsuit was filed against displaying the Ten Commandments in county courthouses; in 2000, a California parent challenged the words “under God” in his daughterÂ's daily Pledge of Allegiance. And, finally, in 2004, parents in Dover, Pennsylvania, challenged the school boardÂ's requirement that “intelligent design” be taught as an alternative to DarwinÂ's theory of evolution. IronsÂ's detailed, in-depth investigation of each of these trials is followed by interviews with the people involved to provide a complete picture of the ongoing wars for “the soul of America.”
 

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Recenze od uživatele  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

This book is a fairly good telling of the stories of several major First Amendment cases. All of them are big name cases that have been detailed many times, but he does include a few details that I ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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Excellent book. Irons really lets all sides speak for themselves and provides the necessary background on the supreme court battles in our culture wars. Made the opposing side seem more human to me (although I still fervently disagree with them). Should be read by all parties involved. Přečíst celou recenzi

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Respecting an Establishment of Religion i
1
A Wall Between Church and State
16
We Can Never Give Up
44
With the Cross of Jesus
83
No Pray No Play
136
One Nation Under God
234
In the Beginning
281
Conclusion
339
Sources and Suggested Readings
351
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O autorovi (2007)

Peter Irons is professor emeritus of political science at the University of California, San Diego. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a practicing civil liberties lawyer and a member of the Supreme Court bar. His award-winning books include Jim CrowÂ's Children and A PeopleÂ's History of the Supreme Court.

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