By C. Barner-Barry
This booklet explores the criminal bias within the usa opposed to Paganism and different non-Christian religions. regardless of being the most religiously assorted nations on this planet, the U.S. criminal method constructed while the inhabitants used to be predominantly Christian. equipped into the legislations is the tacit assumption that every one religions and spiritual practices resemble Christianity. utilizing the Pagans as a case examine, Barner-Barry indicates how their studies display that either the legislation affecting nondominant religions and the judiciary that translates this legislation are considerably biased in desire of the dominant faith, Christianity. This creates criminal difficulties, in addition to difficulties of intolerance, for religions with considerably diversified practices. particular cognizance is given to a chain of excellent courtroom judgements reading the liberty of faith Clause when it comes to neutrality and analyzing the institution Clause loosely and its impression on nondominant religions within the US.
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Contemporary Paganism: Minority Religions in a Majoritarian America by C. Barner-Barry