A Field Guide to the Culture Wars: The Battle over Values by Michael McGough

By Michael McGough

Like any realignment in politics, the Democratic takeover of Congress within the 2006 midterm elections encouraged a raft of immediate analyses. One tackle the implications that's absolutely incorrect is that the switch in command of Congress and the spike in Democratic hopes for the 2008 presidential race mark an finish to the tradition wars that traditional knowledge blamed (or credited) for George W. Bush's re-election in 2004. This publication units the degree for a brand new attention of the modern tradition wars by way of reading their antecedents—from the Scopes trial to Prohibition to the talk over the superb Court's desegregation and school-prayer rulings to loyalty-oath battles of the Fifties to the pre- Roe v. Wade crusade to liberalize abortion legislation. Even in periods of meant conformism, americans were awarded with competing claims approximately what kind of tradition this is often and the way and to what volume executive may still mirror, and police, values. the writer covers such issues as same-sex marriage, stem mobilephone study, clever layout, and different sizzling button matters which are debated not only among the spiritual and secular, yet a growing number of one of the ranks of the non secular themselves, the place a spiritual left has emerged to counter arguments from the non secular correct. a person attracted to the intersection of faith and politics, within the upward thrust of the so-called ethical majority, and within the present situation with reference to values and public lifestyles in the US will achieve a greater realizing from analyzing this book.

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In Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 12 FIGHTING FAITHS It’ll take this long: until we no longer have to press 1 for English and 2 for any other language. —Republican Tom Tancredo explaining how long a “time-out” from immigration should last Americans are not necessarily more or less patriotic than people in other countries; but they are patriotic in a different way. Our patrimony is not a given: since we are a country formed by immigration, we have to ask questions about membership all the time because they have not been settled by birth, race or language.

12 Three years later, a federal judge in Pennsylvania struck down the Dover school district’s requirement that biology teachers read a disclaimer saying in part: “Because Darwin’s Theory is a theory, it continues to be tested as new evidence is discovered. The Theory is not a fact. Gaps in the Theory exist for which there is no evidence. A theory is defined as a well-tested explanation that unifies a broad range of observations. Intelligent Design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin’s view.

Hillary Rodham Clinton in an interview with USA Today, May 7, 2008 The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discrimination on the basis of race. —Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 12 FIGHTING FAITHS It’ll take this long: until we no longer have to press 1 for English and 2 for any other language. —Republican Tom Tancredo explaining how long a “time-out” from immigration should last Americans are not necessarily more or less patriotic than people in other countries; but they are patriotic in a different way.

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