A Nation Under God?: The ACLU and Religion in American Politics (Claremont Institute Series on Statesmanship and Political Philosophy)

3.75 avg rating
( 4 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780742550889: A Nation Under God?: The ACLU and Religion in American Politics (Claremont Institute Series on Statesmanship and Political Philosophy)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

A Nation Under God? raises the question of why the Aclu relentlessly attacks public expressions of mainstream religious faith. The answer, according to the book's argument, is that the work of the Aclu is informed by a larger political project-modern liberalism-to transform American government and society into an administrative-welfare state. Modern liberalism requires two decisive changes in American politics if it is to be successful: First, the government of limited powers mandated by the Constitution must become a government of unlimited powers and scope. Second, free, self-reliant, and independent citizens must become dependent on and understand themselves as subservient to government. The Aclu's drive to remove religion and morality from the public square advances both goals.

Limited, constitutional government rests on the idea that rights come from God; the power of government should be limited commensurate to the limited purpose of legitimate government: to protect our natural, God-given rights. With God removed from the public square, it becomes much easier politically to argue that government is the source of rights, and that every expansion of government power is tantamount to an expansion of rights.

Further, self-reliant citizens are not in need of and are unlikely to support large government welfare programs. But self-reliancy is largely a function of self-control and moral responsibility. Immoral and irresponsible citizens are incapable of providing for themselves and their families. Driving God and morality out of the public square serves to break down public morality, which in turn creates classes of citizens who are dependent on government assistance and regulation.

Through endless litigation against public expressions of religion and morality and its distorted interpretations of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses, the Aclu reveals its real agenda and its real allegiance, which is not to the Const

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Thomas L. Krannawitter is a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and an assistant professor of political science at Hillsdale College. He is the author of An Introduction to Citizenship for New Americans (2002).

Daniel C. Palm is a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and an associate professor of political science at Azusa Pacific University. He is the editor of On Faith and Free Government (1997).

Review:

Perhaps no organization has done more to pervert the public understanding of civil liberties and the meaning of the Constitution than the ACLU. Krannawitter and Palm, experts in the political philosophy of the American Founding, expose the real agenda of the ACLU. They explain how the ACLU's relentless assaults on public expressions of traditional religious faith are part of its larger political purpose, a purpose wholly inconsistent with those who framed and ratified our Constitution. A Nation Under God? provides Americans with the intellectual and rhetorical tools to refute the ACLU and reclaim the Constitutional government that is rightfully ours. (William A. Rusher, founding publisher of National Review magazine)

If you want to know why school teachers and principals offer thoroughly secularized Christmas programs for fear of ACLU lawsuits, if you don't understand why the ACLU sues local governments over nativity scene displays yet defends the rights of atheists and Satanists, if you wonder why an organization supposedly dedicated to the Bill of Rights has gone to such extremes to redefine it, read A Nation Under God? The ACLU and Religion in American Politics. (Hugh Hewitt, nationally syndicated radio host and author of In, But Not Of)

This book should be viewed as a solid contribution to the debate about the future of church-state jurisprudence in the United States. (Laura R. Olson, Clemson University)

The ACLU has often been at legal and intellectual war with the First Amendment and our Founders' framing of it. That war is joined by Professors Thomas Krannawitter and Daniel Palm who show us where and why the ACLU is wrong. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand the compelling debate about religion and the public square. (William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, author of The Book of Virtues)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Krannawitter, Thomas L.; Palm, Daniel C.
Published by U.S.A.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2005)
ISBN 10: 0742550885 ISBN 13: 9780742550889
New Soft cover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Galore
(Kansas City, MO, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description U.S.A.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005. Soft cover. Condition: New. Very light shelf wear, but still in excellent condition. Clean, unmarked pages; firm binding. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0. Seller Inventory # 0117-BGSVA-BX50-3.11

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.65
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Thomas L. Krannawitter; Daniel C. Palm
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2005)
ISBN 10: 0742550885 ISBN 13: 9780742550889
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0742550885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Krannawitter, Thomas L.
ISBN 10: 0742550885 ISBN 13: 9780742550889
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2005. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780742550889

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Thomas L. Krannawitter, Daniel C. Palm
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2005)
ISBN 10: 0742550885 ISBN 13: 9780742550889
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0742550885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Krannawitter, Thomas L.
Published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers
ISBN 10: 0742550885 ISBN 13: 9780742550889
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0742550885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Thomas L. Krannawitter, Daniel C. Palm
Published by ROWMAN LITTLEFIELD, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 0742550885 ISBN 13: 9780742550889
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description ROWMAN LITTLEFIELD, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A Nation Under God? The ACLU and Religion in American Politics questions the claim of the ACLU that the First Amendment to the Constitution requires the complete cleansing of any religious expression in the American public square. That position, Krannawitter and Palm argue, is not consistent with the principles of the American founding, but derives from early 20th century progressivism and modern liberalism that requires ultimately a reconstituting of the American regime along completely secular lines. A re-examination of the American founding, its theoretical and constitutional principles, allows for limited religious expression without violating the constitutional principle of religious liberty. Seller Inventory # AAC9780742550889

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Thomas L. Krannawitter, Daniel C. Palm
Published by ROWMAN LITTLEFIELD, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 0742550885 ISBN 13: 9780742550889
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description ROWMAN LITTLEFIELD, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A Nation Under God? The ACLU and Religion in American Politics questions the claim of the ACLU that the First Amendment to the Constitution requires the complete cleansing of any religious expression in the American public square. That position, Krannawitter and Palm argue, is not consistent with the principles of the American founding, but derives from early 20th century progressivism and modern liberalism that requires ultimately a reconstituting of the American regime along completely secular lines. A re-examination of the American founding, its theoretical and constitutional principles, allows for limited religious expression without violating the constitutional principle of religious liberty. Seller Inventory # AAC9780742550889

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Thomas L. Krannawitter; Daniel C. Palm
ISBN 10: 0742550885 ISBN 13: 9780742550889
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
ReadWhiz
(Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # ria9780742550889_ing

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 34.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Krannawitter, Thomas L.
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publisher (2005)
ISBN 10: 0742550885 ISBN 13: 9780742550889
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 0742550885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Krannawitter, Thomas L.; Palm, Daniel C.
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN 10: 0742550885 ISBN 13: 9780742550889
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0742550885 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2132715545

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book