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Great quotations on religious freedom
Menendez, Albert J.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, [2002]

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250 pages ; 23 cm
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This collection of brief quotations from a variety of historical and contemporary figures centers on themes related to religious liberty, freedom of conscience, and separation of church and state. The quotations are compiled in 30 subject areas, ranging from lofty principles such as civil liberty, pluralism, and tolerance to such immediate political disputes as abortion, charitable choice, and school prayer. Excerpts from early church fathers, Enlightenment philosophers, and contemporary religious and political leaders are included. Although most of the quotations strongly advocate religious liberty and church-state separation, there are also important selections offering sharply different perspectives. In addition, the book includes special sections devoted to major judicial pronouncements on these issues, important documents from James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, and recent public declarations on religious liberty and the place of religion in public schools. The quotations are offered without comment or context, but they are a quite valuable resource for public discussion of many of the basic principles of religious liberty. Recommended for general readers, lower-division undergraduates, and professionals. R. Styers University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
About the Editorsp. 13
Introductionp. 15
The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom
Abortion Rightsp. 19
Blue Lawsp. 24
Chaplainsp. 24
Charitable Choicep. 25
Christian Nationp. 28
Christmas Symbols on Public Propertyp. 28
Civil Libertyp. 29
Civil Religionp. 30
Constitutionsp. 31
Creationismp. 38
Ecclesiastical Powerp. 42
Equal Access Act of 1984p. 46
Freedom of Consciencep. 47
Law and Religionp. 49
Parochiaid (Government Aid to Sectarian Schools)p. 54
Pluralismp. 60
Religion and Politicsp. 63
Religion in Public Educationp. 85
Religious Freedomp. 91
Religious Neutralityp. 117
Religious Persecutionp. 117
Religious Tests for Public Officep. 127
School Prayerp. 131
Secular Statep. 133
Separation of Church and Statep. 137
Taxation and Religionp. 160
Tolerancep. 162
Tolerationp. 167
Vatican Ambassador and Holy See at the United Nationsp. 168
Voluntary Principle in Religionp. 171
Appendix 1. Judicial Quotesp. 175
Appendix 2. James Madison: A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessmentsp. 209
Appendix 3. Thomas Jefferson: Bill for Establishing Religious Freedomp. 217
Appendix 4. Opponents of Religious Libertyp. 219
Appendix 5. A Shared Vision--Religious Liberty in the 21st Centuryp. 227
Appendix 6. Religion in the Public Schools--A Joint Statement of Current Lawp. 235
Indexp. 243