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The Battle over School Prayer: How Engel v. Vitale Changed America (Landmark Law Cases and American Society)

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"The most readable, entertaining, refreshing, enlightening account of the Engel case yet written." Derek H. Davis, author of Original Intent: Chief Justice Rehnquist and the Course of American Church/State Relations "Never loses sight of the crucial fact that the controversy over religion in public schools belongs not to the captains and the kings but to ordinary people whose convictions - and passions - drive them to do what they believe they must." Joan DelFattore, author of The Fourth R: Conflicts Over Religion in America's Public Schools "One of the finest studies about Engel and its consequences." --Robert F. Drinan, S.J., author of Can God and Caesar Coexist?"

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"The most readable, entertaining, refreshing, enlightening account of the Engel case yet written."-Derek H. Davis, author of Original Intent: Chief Justice Rehnquist and the Course of American Church/State Relations

"Never loses sight of the crucial fact that the controversy over religion in public schools belongs not to the captains and the kings but to ordinary people whose convictions-and passions-drive them to do what they believe they must." -Joan DelFattore, author of The Fourth R: Conflicts Over Religion in America's Public Schools

"One of the finest studies about Engel and its consequences."-Robert F. Drinan, S.J., author of Can God and Caesar Coexist?

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  • Series: Landmark Law Cases and American Society
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas (April 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700615261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700615261
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Lover on January 5, 2014
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My son was doing a term paper on this issue and though he had 10 books from the library this was the most enjoyable to read and contained a wealth of information.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Lyons on September 17, 2007
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Bruce Dierenfield has written an excellent book that combines the personal stories of a very divisive court case, with an excellent historical overview of the relationship between church and state in the U.S.
As a child of one of the plaintiffs I was fascinated to learn the stories of other people involved with the case.
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Book & Music Lover on May 7, 2007
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Over the years I have heard many reasons for school prayer. Everything from the demise of our society in general, to the violence at Virginia Tech. All such attention given to one reason for society's ills with avoidance of many others. The increase in school violence, lack of prayer in our schools. No mention the effects of more and more Mothers working outside the home. No mention of how we have been redirected as to how we disipline our children. You know "They are just expressing themselves." "Or to disipline them is to destroy their self esteem." No you are teaching them to live an orderly life in an ordered society. Instead of blaming a lack of school prayer for our ills, why not blame we as parents?

In the 6th Chapter of Matthew Christ admonished us to pray in private, in our closets, not as some glowing example of so called Christian values, in public. Which is so like wearing ones religion on ones sleeve, and looking down on those who choose to pray in private. In turn the 1962 Supereme Court decision has also given rise to this need to display the 10 Commandments on our public grounds or in our courthouses. In turn angring many professed Christians. Deplorying a merger between "Church and State." One reason many of us came to this land in the first place, "Freedom from religion." Not just freedom of religion.

This book gives us a reminder of what we have had to contend with in our society since 1962, from both sides. This is not a Christian nation, and we should attempt to revamp our values. Never mind that at the founding of this nation the new comers tried to exterminate those who were here already, and then we brought peoples from another land as slaves. Not too Christ like from where I stand.
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