The Right to Be Wrong: Ending the Culture War Over Religion in America Paperback – Aug 14 2012
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“Seamus Hasson is a gifted storyteller who also happens to be a genuine hero of the struggle to make the First Amendment’s promise a reality for members of all religious traditions.” Mary Ann Glendon, professor of Law, Harvard University
“This is a rollicking, surprising, wholly original way of presenting the rival arguments for religious liberty in public America.” – Michael Novak, author of No One Sees God
About the Author
KEVIN SEAMUS HASSON is the founder and chairman of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonpartisan, interfaith, public-interest law firm that protects the free expression of all religious traditions. He holds a law degree and an M.A. in theology from the University of Notre Dame and lives with his wife, Mary, and their children in Fairfax County, Virginia.See all Product description
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I breezed through it quickly because the author has a quirky, conversational style (and a great sense of humor -- I laughed out loud a couple times during my reading). This style, however, is not an indication of lack of depth. He clearly has a thorough understanding of the history of religion in America, from the early colonies (where things weren't so free) through the construction of the First Amendment and on to the interpretations of the Amendment up to the time the book was written (2005).
What I also liked about this book was the author's conviction that religious liberty is a "natural human right" based on aspects of human nature itself. As he puts it: "....saying that people have religious liberty because God told you so convinces only the people who believe that God talks to you..."
So, oddly enough, he is a man who passionately defends religious freedom (and sounds very faith-filled himself)....but believes that right does not spring from religion itself per se. Or rather, does not need to be argued from that standpoint.
Highly, highly recommend it.
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