The Constitution and Religion
Leading Supreme Court Cases on Church and State
Edited by Robert S. Alley
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Constitution and Religion by Robert S. Alley
Book DescriptionThis superb collection chronicles the most important Supreme Court cases on church-state relations over the past three decades. It includes extensive coverage of the Court's major decisions concerning prayer in state legislatures, the pledge of allegiance, display of the Ten Commandments in public buildings, religious displays on public property, school prayer, vouchers for religious schools, religion in science class, and much more. Beginning with a carefully prepared historical overview, which places the first amendment in the context of 18th-century debates over religious freedom, Robert Alley offers a fresh analysis of the amendment's origins. He then presents fifty recent and historical cases without editorial comment, permitting readers to arrive at their own individual interpretations. In addition to the text of the majority decision, each case is followed by the vote of the justices as well as selected dissenting opinions. Unlike news accounts and other texts, this unique volume is the only objective presentation of the justices' decisions, in the Court's own words, and it includes the entire canon of subjects that bear the label 'church and state'. This clearly written, accessible book will be valuable for classroom use, as a library resource, and as an excellent introductory reader for anyone interested in what the Supreme Court has decided on religion in public places and schools.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781573927031
(230mm x 155mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 19-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert S. Alley
Without a Prayer, Hardback (October 1996)
An examination of school prayer that brings together the experiences of parents and children involved in contesting public school sanctioned prayer and Bible reading. This work explores the way in which terms like "non-preferentialism", "toleration" and "accommodation" are being used to hide violations of the First Amendment.
Supreme Court on Church and State, Paperback (May 1988)» View all books by Robert S. Alley
A much-needed update of Joseph Tussman's 1962 classic, this collection of major Supreme Court decisions offers a comprehensive and non-partisan guide to the Court's opinions on the meanings and implications of the First Amendment.
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Author Biography - Robert S. Alley
Robert S. Alley (Richmond, VA) is professor emeritus of humanities at the University of Richmond. He is the author of Without a Prayer: Religious Expression in Public Schools and School Prayer: The Court, the Congress, and the First Amendment, and the editor of James Madison on Religious Liberty.
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