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A Season for Justice: Defending the Rights of the Christian Home, Church, and School Paperback – June, 2002

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David French, a graduate of Harvard Law School, specializes in First Amendment, religion clause litigation. A former teacher at Cornell Law School, he currently practices law in Kentucky and serves as Chief Counsel for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Religious Freedom Crisis Team. He currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Pub (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805424911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805424911
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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In A Season For Justice: Defending The Rights Of The Christian Home, Church, And School, David French (Counsel for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship's Religious Freedom Crisis Team) brings to bear his many years of litigious expertise and experience as a courtroom defender of the rights and constitutional freedoms of the Christian community. French traces how Christians have fought for their legal rights through the use of anecdotal stories, case studies, and personal accounts illustrating and showcasing battles to preserve the basic right to share gospel teaching in their churches, schools, and workplaces. A Season For Justice is informed and strongly recommended reading for those concerned with the freedom of religion, and the relationship of Church and State, within the American constitutional framework.
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The author provides few hints that he has studied the basis for his beliefs Certainly, he has thought about how to defend public religious expression. Understandably, he talks about his faith. At the same time, he claims those disagreeing with his belief are advancing their "faith" in so doing. (In this context he borrows the phrase..."the church of the left"... from the rather superficial essays of Dr. Stan Kurtz).

He consistently toys with straw man constructions in this polemic without admitting his faith is that of one hoping for substance unseen. It is not likely this hope will ever be commonly shared by all of humanity.

It is rather interesting to see him start asserting matters of "proof" when engaging a fellow law school student who is gay. Surely, proof is hard come by and an unlikely companion when making such traditional assertions of faith. Many passages in this book begin with the author being "stunned" or being "shocked" at what he observes. This rightly characterizes the emotional basis for both his convictions and the religious ideas he endorses.

Impressionable children weeping their way into a church auditorium fully reveals how dramatically emotional is so much of the faith he espouses. And yet he attempts to portray liberal opponents as similarly locked in into a faith while not recognizing... much of their profound distrust of what he presents as that faith... is based on antagonism to the widely seen religious emotional extremism that he actually describes. He finds grace in such experiences while others of us recoil at the Old Time Religion that drags sinners down the aisle to the "mourners bench."

Emotion may be natural to the human condition but as the basis of religious zeal it has proven to be dangerous throughout history.
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This book is a stunning account of where our religious freedoms stand in this country. Rather than make the tired old arguments about school prayer and the Ten Commandments on the walls, David French has revolutionary ideas about how to combat the all-too-pervasive politically correct Left. His book - which is told in a very compelling anecdotal format - is both disturbing and encouraging. I say "disturbing" because you'll be shocked at some of the stories. One is about a Christian group literally being kicked off the campus at Tufts University in Boston. Another is about a church being forced to close its doors - in the Bible belt! You'll be surprised at the REAL condition of our religious liberty. And French knows of which he speaks - the back cover says he is a graduate of Harvard Law School. However, you will also be encouraged. I was moved to tears at the stories of Christian love and faithfulness in the face of hatred and persecution. He also gives very clear direction in what we should be doing as Christians to turn the tide. The book is eye-opening and edifying. What a breath of fresh air! This book would be great for your own personal reading or for use in Sunday School discussion. Buy one and tell people about this very well written, compelling book. Way to go, Mr. French!
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This is a remarkable and courageous book by a very talented student of law, religion, and liberty. There are not many evangelical Christians who would write such a blunt and forceful plea to an audience that, as he has admitted, has not always been uniformly tolerant of those on the other side of the religious and cultural divide. His fundamental point is that Christians must be given equal rights in the public square, to defend their beliefs and to attempt to convince others to see the light as they have seen it. But part of the pact must involve Christians' acceptance of the notion that the government cannot favor their positions any more than it can discriminate against them. David French is as important to liberty as he is to religion. Harvey A. Silverglate, Cambridge, MA
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