Dispatches from America's Religious Battlefields
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Over the past two decades, federal courts have become
contentious battlefields in America’s growing religious
wars. Since 1989, five momentous court cases have divided
communities—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 daughter’s
daily Pledge of Allegiance. And, finally, in 2004, parents
in Dover, Pennsylvania, challenged the school board’s
requirement that "intelligent design" be taught as an
alternative to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Irons’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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