The clash between the religious right and the secular left undermines any serious debate about the role of religion in American public life. Such strident cultural rhetoric often ignores the positive contributions of America's many religions. By contrast, this volume celebrates America's religious diversity, demonstrating that religious pluralism is actually one of democracy's basic building blocks. Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously expands on Barbara A. McGraw's framework for understanding religious participation in public lifeaa two-tiered public forum, consisting of the civic public forum and the conscientious public forum. The chapters explore how diverse religious communities and traditions, including anewera and marginalized religions, can make a meaningful contribution to American society and politics.52 Mormon scriptures assert that arulers, states, and governments have a right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of all citizens in the free exercise of their religious belief.a53 In one of its Sunday school manuals, the LDS Churchanbsp;...
|Title||:||Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously|
|Author||:||Barbara A. McGraw, Jo Renee Formicola|
|Publisher||:||Baylor University Press - 2005|