Getting over Equality
A Critical Diagnosis of Religious Freedom in America
By (author) Steven D. Smith
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Getting over Equality by Steven D. Smith
Book DescriptionQuestions of religious freedom continue to excite passionate public debate. Proposals involving school prayer and the posting of the Ten Commandments in schools and courtrooms perennially spur controversy. But there is also a sense that the prevailing discourse is exhausted, that no one seems to know how to think about religious freedom in a way that moves beyond our stale, counterproductive thinking on this issue. In Getting over Equality, Steven D. Smith, one of the most important voices now writing about religious liberty, provocatively contends that we must get over our presumption mistakenly believed to be rooted in the Constitution that all religions are equally true and virtuous and "authentically American." Smith puts forth an alternative view, that the courts should promote an ideal of tolerance rather than equality and neutrality. Examining such controversial examples as the animal sacrifice case, the peyote case, and the problem of aid to parochial schools, Smith delineates a way for us to tolerate and respect contrary creeds without sacrificing or diluting our own beliefs and without pretending to believe in a spurious "equality" among the variety of diverse faiths.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814797945
(5830mm x 3895mm x 16mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Steven D. Smith
Man and Animal in Severan Rome, Hardback (July 2014)
Argues that Aelian's highly influential compilation, De natura animalium, offers a sophisticated literary critique of Severan Rome.
Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom, Hardback (February 2014)
America's distinctive achievement was a commitment to open contestation between secularists and providentialists. The twentieth-century Supreme Court's secular neutrality repudiated this commitment, with negative consequences visible today. The author states that the First Amendment merely preserved the political status quo in matters of religion.
Law's Quandary, Paperback (September 2007)
Assesses a century of jurisprudential thought from a fresh perspective and points to a malaise that afflicts not only legal theory but law in general. This book argues that our legal vocabulary and methods of reasoning presuppose classical ontological commitments that were explicitly articulated by thinkers from Aquinas to Coke to Blackstone.
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Author Biography - Steven D. Smith
Steven D. Smith is Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School and author of Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom.
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