Dispatches from America's Religious Battlefields
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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
communitiesâ€”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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