By Michael McGough

Like every realignment in politics, the Democratic takeover of Congress within the 2006 midterm elections encouraged a raft of rapid analyses. One tackle the implications that's absolutely fallacious is that the switch answerable for Congress and the spike in Democratic hopes for the 2008 presidential race mark an finish to the tradition wars that traditional knowledge blamed (or credited) for George W. Bush's re-election in 2004. This e-book units the degree for a brand new attention of the modern tradition wars through interpreting their antecedents—from the Scopes trial to Prohibition to the debate over the excellent Court's desegregation and school-prayer rulings to loyalty-oath battles of the Fifties to the pre- Roe v. Wade crusade to liberalize abortion legislation. Even in periods of intended conformism, american citizens were provided with competing claims approximately what kind of tradition this is often and the way and to what quantity executive may still mirror, and police, values. the writer covers such themes as same-sex marriage, stem phone examine, clever layout, and different sizzling button matters which are debated not only among the non secular and secular, yet an increasing number of one of the ranks of the non secular themselves, the place a non secular left has emerged to counter arguments from the non secular correct. an individual drawn to the intersection of faith and politics, within the upward push of the so-called ethical majority, and within the present situation with reference to values and public lifestyles in the United States will achieve a greater figuring out from studying this ebook.

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The court said that only a “compelling state interest” would justify making someone comply with a law that offended her faith. Twenty-seven years later, however, the court held in Employment Division v. Smith23 that the state of Oregon did not violate the First Amendment rights of two members of a Native American church by denying their unemployment benefits because they had been fired for using the hallucinogenic drug peyote Under God 27 as part of the church’s rituals. Justice Scalia’s majority opinion held that, so long as law was “generally applicable” and did not discriminate against religion, it could be enforced even against persons whose lawbreaking was rooted in religious conviction.

Despite support from President Bush, the Senate failed twice to cut off debate on a bipartisan “comprehensive” immigration reform bill that opponents denounced as “amnesty” because it would allow some 12 million illegal aliens to remain 16 FIGHTING FAITHS in the United States without fear of deportation. ) Immigration also figured in the Republican presidential primary race. Although Tom Tancredo, who crusaded against illegal immigration, was an early casualty of the 2008 Republican presidential campaign, his influence was felt after his departure— notably in the shift by John McCain, a supporter of comprehensive reform, to an “enforcement-first” position.

Had vigorously enforced the laws against polygamy, we would not have dangerous cults like the FLDS that are premised on extreme obedience of women and girls to domineering men and the disposal of teenage boys. Instead of preventing systemic abuse and neglect, authorities have been timid in the face of specious claims of religious liberty. ” 28 FIGHTING FAITHS Is God on Our Side? A final dispute over the meaning of “under God” concerns America’s role in the world. ” Not everyone agrees. ” Against that theologically rooted American exceptionalism, the religious left cautions against a misplaced sense of mission.

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