A Nation Under God? The ACLU and Religion in American Politics questions the claim of the ACLU that the First Amendment to the Constitution requires the complete cleansing of any religious expression in the American public square. That position, Krannawitter and Palm argue, is not consistent with the principles of the American founding, but derives from early 20th century progressivism and modern liberalism that requires ultimately a reconstituting of the American regime along completely secular lines. A re-examination of the American founding, its theoretical and constitutional principles, allows for limited religious expression without violating the constitutional principle of religious liberty.
Thomas L. Krannawitter is a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and an assistant professor of political science at Hillsdale College. He is the author of An Introduction to Citizenship for New Americans (2002). Daniel C. Palm is a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and an associate professor of political science at Azusa Pacific University. He is the editor of On Faith and Free Government (1997).
Chapter 1 The ACLU and Religion in American Politics Today Chapter 2 Religion and Politics in Historical Perspective Chapter 3 Religion and the Moral Conditions of Freedom in the Ameican Founding Chapter 4 The Progressive Rejection of the Principles of the American Founding Chapter 5 The Birth of the ACLU and the Rise of Modern Liberalism Chapter 6 Building the Wall of Separation: THe ACLU Takes Religion to Court Chapter 7 Immoral Religion? The ACLU's Select Defense of Religious Free Exercise Chapter 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Appendix: Documents from the Founding on Religion and Religious Liberty