School Prayer and Discrimination

School Prayer and Discrimination

The Civil Rights of Religious Minorities and Dissenters

Book - 1999
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In This Provocative work, Frank S. Ravitch redirects the heated debate over prayer in the public schools. He asserts that current legal discourse, which centers this controversial issue around First Amendment rights, underestimates the ways in which school prayer fosters discrimination against religious minorities and dissenters. Arguing that traditional Constitutional doctrine is inadequate to address the harmful effects of public school religious exercises, Ravitch looks to civil rights principles and anti-discrimination laws for an alternative approach. The author confronts the discrimination issue head-on, citing recent dramatic incidents of intimidation, harassment, and physical violence toward both religious minorities and those who oppose religious observances in the schools. He examines the legal, political, and social realities that create such occurrences, concluding that discrimination is likely to become more widespread, particularly as the religious right aggressively promotes the expansion of organized religious exercises in schools. Following a survey of current civil rights statutes and their limitations in dealing with this issue, Ravitch presents a drait of a stat
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, 1999
ISBN: 9781555534776
1555534775
Branch Call Number: 344.0796 Ravitch
344.0796 Ravitch
Characteristics: xiii, 273 p. ; 24 cm

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