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Nick Pumphrey's spring 2016 QS 411 class

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God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law

"God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law challenges the pervasive assumption that all religious conduct deserves constitutional protection. While religious conduct provides many benefits to society, it is not always benign. The thesis of the book is that anyone who harms another person should be governed by the laws that govern everyone else - and truth be told, religion is capable of great harm." "This may not sound like a radical proposition, but it has been under assault since the 1960s. The majority of academics and many religious organizations would construct a fortress around religious conduct that would make it extremely difficult to prosecute child abuse by clergy, medical neglect of children by faith healers, and other socially intolerable behaviors. This book intends to change the course of the public debate over religion by bringing to the public's attention the tactics of religious entities to avoid the law and therefore harm others."--Jacket.

Masters of illusion : the Supreme Court and the religion clauses

Many legal theorists and judges agree on one major premise in the field of law and religion: that religion clause jurisprudence is in a state of disarray and has been for some time. This work contends that both hard originalism and neutrality are illusory in religion clause jurisprudence.

One electorate under God? : a dialogue on religion and American politics

Seeks to promote a greater understanding of American thinking about faith and public office in a pluralistic society.

Can God & Caesar coexist? : balancing religious freedom and international law

Father Robert Drinan, priest, scholar, lawyer, politician, activist, and ethicist, has spent his life working to strengthen human rights. In this important book, Father Drinan explores the state of religious freedom worldwide, arguing that international law and legal institutions have not gone far enough to protect religious freedom. The international community, says Father Drinan, has been slow to recognize the urgent need of balancing the requirements of a pluralistic society with the demands of religious freedom. Despite numerous proclamations from the United Nations and from individual nations about the importance of religious freedom, says Father Drinan, there is still no covenant, legally binding instrument, or world tribunal to monitor freedom of religion. Drinan explores the status of religious freedom in certain Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Communist societies whose doctrines may promote intolerance. And he asserts that the silence of international law allows nations to continue to punish persons who practice a faith viewed unfavourably by the government.

God and government in the ghetto : the politics of church-state collaboration in Black America

In recent years, as government agencies have encouraged faith-based organizations to help ensure social welfare, many black churches have received grants to provide services to their neighborhoods' poorest residents. This collaboration, activist churches explain, is a way of enacting their faith and helping their neighborhoods. But as Michael Leo Owens demonstrates in God and Government in the Ghetto, this alliance also serves as a means for black clergy to reaffirm their political leadership and reposition moral authority in black civil society. Drawing on both survey data and fieldwork in Ne.

Religion and politics

The main goal of the second issue of the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, devoted entirely to religion and politics, is precisely to question the sense of a reconstruction of the mutual and simultaneous relations between these two spheres of social life. What does this process mean and where is it taking us?

Religion and politics : cultural perspectives

The volume collects eminent works on the relationship between politics and religion by leading figures in Cultural Studies. The contributors share in the basic belief that the roots of contemporary conflicts have to be uncovered from the historical descent of religion.

Religion and politics in America : faith, culture, and strategic choices

A lively and accessible exploration of the historical, cultural, and legal contexts that underlie religious political engagement in the United States

Library Databases

Lexis Nexis Academic can be a good resource for finding news article, case law, statutes, regulations, law journal articles, and company/business information. Unfortunately, the platform for the database makes it hard to figure out how to construct your search. A good tip is to use the advanced search rather than the basic search that appears when you go to Lexis. Below is a pictorial tutorial about using the advanced search.

Basic Search: On this page you do not see all the great things you can search for in Lexis Nexis. For examples, the basic search makes it hard to figure out how to search for a state statute. 

Advanced Search: Although it is still not an easy platform for searching, the advanced search is better than basic because you have limiters for the type of content and date range. It also has the handy "build your own segment search" box that helps you create a query using Boolean operators. But let's pretend you want to find a state statute.With advanced search you can use the source search box to tell Lexis Nexis you only want to search for Kansas statutes. You do this by typing "Kansas statues" in the source box and Lexis will suggest "KS-LexisNexis Kansas Annotated Statutes." Click on the suggestion to limit your search to Kansas statutes.


This is a reference database. Do not cite to CQ Researcher reports article in your assignments.

CQ Researcher has a number of reports on religion and human rights. It can be a great tool for background information about a topic and for finding reports, articles, statistical information, etc. that can be used and cited in assignments. Here are the titles of a few recent reports:

Credo Reference is a reference database. It contains dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.Use the articles in these reference materials, which cannot be cited in your assignments, to find journal articles, books, reports, data/statistics, books, etc. that can be cited in your assignments.