n International Journal for Religious Freedom - God vs. the Gavel : the perils of extreme religious liberty, Marci A. Hamilton : book review
|Article Title||God vs. the Gavel : the perils of extreme religious liberty, Marci A. Hamilton : book review|
|© Publisher:||International Institute for Religious Freedom|
|Journal||International Journal for Religious Freedom|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Free State|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||225 - 226|
This provocative book contrasts "common-sense" religious liberty against "extreme" religious liberty within the United States. The notion of extreme religious liberty is espoused by documented stories of, amongst others, clergy sex abuse and the refusal of companies to do business with same-sex couples. For example, the classic and much contested argument, where racism is equated with homophobia, is used to describe the refusal of companies to do business with same-sex couples. For the author "this is as extreme as religious liberty get" (231). Based on such examples, the purpose of the book is made clear - a call "for a return to commonsense religious liberty" (i). However, no criteria are provided for determining what "common-sense" and "extreme" entails.
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