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God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law

by Marci A. Hamilton

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"A timely, hard hitting, passionate, yet scholarly inquiry into the clash between religion and the state. Hamilton, whose writing style is engagingly lucid and compelling, raises controversial questions and her powerful answers will enrich our understanding of the issues and provoke debate. No one will or should completely agree with Hamilton but no one concerned about the interface between religion and civil society can responsibly ignore her cogent arguments." --Dean David Rudenstine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

"A terrific discussion of the constitutional issues concerning religion that are so important right now in American society. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Professor Hamilton, one has to admire the clear, careful, and provocative way she approaches these key issues concerning the government and religion." --Erwin Chemerinsky, Professor of Constitutional Law, Duke University, School of Law

"Marci Hamilton is an original and provocative First Amendment scholar whose views have enriched and enlarged the debate about religious liberty. She saw the potential constitutional problems with laws like the Religious Freedom Restoration Act well before many others did. Her voice simply cannot be ignored." --Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law, New York Law School, President of the American Civil Liberties Union

"God vs. the Gavel is a provocative re-evaluation of the real meaning of our Constitution's protection of religious freedom. In considering Marci Hamilton's conclusions regarding religious claims, school policies, land use, marriage, or civil rights, her arguments are compellingly presented. Whether one ultimately agrees or disagrees, no one can fail to take them eriously -- right, left, or center." --Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

"Marci Hamilton's book dazzles with lucid, original, and humane intelligence. The legal profession, academia and the general public will all enjoy learning from it. Let us hope the U.S. Supreme Court does not deviate again from its present conclusion on religious liberty as Hamilton explains it." --Rita Swan, Ph.D., President, Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty

"Marci Hamilton has heroically and truthfully confronted the widespread American myth that all things done in the name of religion are good and deserving of constitutional protections. She has accurately named the harm done in the name of religion and how this harm is protected and enabled by the courts and law enforcement by way of the inaccurate application of the First Amendment. God vs. the Gavel is essential reading for those who insist that religion be true to its fundamental mission and not about victimizing people for the sake of power, privilege or financial gain." --Father Thomas P. Doyle, O.P., J.C.D., C.A.D.C., Advocate for those abused by Clergy