A Nation Under God?: The ACLU and Religion in American Politics

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - 247 pagini
A Nation Under God? The ACLU and Religion in American Politics questions the claim of the ACLU that the First Amendment to the Constitution requires the complete cleansing of any religious expression in the American public square. That position, Krannawitter and Palm argue, is not consistent with the principles of the American founding, but derives from early 20th century progressivism and modern liberalism that requires ultimately a reconstituting of the American regime along completely secular lines. A re-examination of the American founding, its theoretical and constitutional principles, allows for limited religious expression without violating the constitutional principle of religious liberty.

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THE ACLU AND RELIGION IN AMERICAN POLITICS TODAY
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RELIGION AND POLITICS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
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RELIGION AND THE MORAL CONDITIONS OF FREEDOM IN THE AMERICAN FOUNDING
25
THE PROGRESSIVE REJECTION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF THE AMERICAN FOUNDING
45
THE BIRTH OF THE ACLU AND THE RISE OF MODERN LIBERALISM
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BUILDING THE WALL OF SEPARATION THE ACLU TAKES RELIGION TO COURT
67
IMMORAL RELIGION? THE ACLUs SELECT DEFENSE OF RELIGIOUS FREE EXERCISE
93
CONCLUSION
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GEORGE WASHINGTON FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS 1789
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GEORGE WASHINGTON THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION 1789
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GEORGE WASHINGTON LETTER TO THE HEBREWS AT NEWPORT 1790
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GEORGE WASHINGTON FAREWELL ADDRESS 1796
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JAMES MADISON A MEMORIAL AND REMONSTRANCE 1785
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THOMAS JEFFERSON VIRGINIA STATUTE FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY 1786
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THOMAS JEFFERSON LETTER TO THE DANBURY BAPTISTS 1802
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SAMUEL WEST SERMON ON THE RIGHT TO REBEL AGAINST GOVERNORS 1776
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DOCUMENTS FROM THE FOUNDING ON RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN CONGRESS JULY 4 1776
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NORTHWEST ORDINANCE 1787
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UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION 1787
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STATE CONSTITUTIONS ACKNOWLEDGING GOD
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SAMUEL COOPER SERMON ON THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS CONSTITUTION 1780
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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