When it was ratified in 1791, the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States sought to protect against two distinct types of government actions that interfere with religious liberty: the establishment of a national religion and interference with individual rights to practice religion. Since that time, no question has so bedeviled the U.S. Supreme Court as finding the best way to interpret and apply the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. In this unique and timely book, Jay Sekulow examines not only the key cases and their historical context that have shaped the law concerning church-state relations, but also, for the first time, the impact of the religious faith and practices of Supreme Court Justices who have ruled in each case. Covering cases from the teaching of religion in public schools and the use of federal funds for parochial schools to today's debates about the Pledge of Allegiance and public displays of the Ten Commandments, Witnessing Their Faith is essential reading for anyone interested in the history and future of religious freedom in America.
Jay Alan Sekulow is Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ). An accomplished and respected judicial advocate, Sekulow has presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court in numerous cases in defense of constitutional freedoms, especially those involving religion. The National Law Journal has twice named Sekulow one of the '100 Most Influential Lawyers' in the United States, and Time magazine named him one of the top twenty-five most influential Evangelicals in America. A popular guest on nationally televised news programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS, Sekulow has his own call-in radio program which is broadcast throughout the country on more than 500 radio stations and frequently contributes articles and commentary to national publications such as USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, and Washington Times.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: Religious Freedom in the Nineteenth Century Chapter 3 The Bible in Public Schools Controversy and the Philadelphia Riots Chapter 4 The Church-Slavery Controversy Chapter 5 The Mormon Controversy Chapter 6 The Christian Nation Debate Part 7 Part II: Religious Freedom in the Twentieth Century Chapter 8 A Matter of Conscience: God and Country Chapter 9 The Church-State Separationist Movement Chapter 10 The School Prayer Controversy Chapter 11 Separation of Church and State: The Lemon Test Chapter 12 Coming Full Circle