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Religious Free Exercise and Contemporary American Politics

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Using a key religious freedom Act, the book analyzes legislative process, Supreme Court jurisprudence, and discusses the role of religion in public life.
Religious Free Exercise and Contemporary American Politics
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Using a key religious freedom Act, the book analyzes legislative process, Supreme Court jurisprudence, and discusses the role of religion in public life. "Religious Free Exercise and Contemporary American Politics" explains why the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) had to undergo a major metamorphosis in order to win approval. The book uses this episode as a window onto the dynamics of modern constitutional politics, specifically the constitutional politics of free exercise. The book argues that, although free exercise of religion remains an important value in American politics, it has been severely buffeted by both liberal individualism and identity politics. The former equates religious "choice" with all other types of choices one makes in life, the latter sees religious identity as equivalent to racial, ethnic, gender, or sexual orientation identities. These two views coalesced in the late 1990s to force major modifications in the proposed Religious Liberty Protection Act, succeeding in limiting its reach only to prisoners and land use disputes.
Written in an accessible manner for students of politics and religion as well as constitutional politics and law, the book offers a unique perspective on religious freedom in American politics.
Jerold L. Waltman is R.W. Morrison Professor of Constitutional Studies, Department of Political Science and Adjunct appointment, J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University. He also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Church and State (Oxford University Press) and is the author or editor of many books.
Introduction; Chapter 1: Dilemmas of Free Exercise in Contemporary America; Chapter 2: Free Exercise Jurisprudence Through 1997: Reynolds to Boerne; Chapter 3: The Fine Tuned Politics of Developing a Response; Chapter 4: Building a Record to Meet the Demands of Section 5; Chapter 5: The Initial Opposition to RLPA; Chapter 6: From RLPA to RLUIPA: Civil Rights Versus Religious Liberty Takes Center Stage; Chapter 7: Aftermath; Chapter 8: Conclusion; Appendix A City of Boerne v. Flores (1997); Appendix B The Religious Liberty Protection Act (1999); Appendix C The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (2000); Appendix D Cutter v. Wilkinson (2005); Bibliography.
"My students often find RLUIPA to be a bizarre statute, covering two seemingly unrelated policy domains and federalizing what had typically been the province of state governments. Thanks to Waltman's fine book, they and I will now understand better how this law came into being and how its birth pangs accounted for its peculiar qualities. Even though we're told not to watch laws being made, this account deepens appreciation for the human qualities of the legislative process." - Kenneth D. Wald, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Florida"
Author
Jerold L. Waltman
Short Title
RELIGIOUS FREE EXERCISE & CONT
Pages
192
Language
English
ISBN-10
1441122036
ISBN-13
9781441122032
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
342.730
Year
2011
Publication Date
2011-02-17
Imprint
Continuum Publishing Corporation
Subtitle
The Saga of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000
Place of Publication
New York
Country of Publication
United States
Birth
1945
Publisher
Continuum
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
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