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American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance

De (autor) Martin E. Marty
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en Limba Engleză Hardback – 12 Nov 2013
In the middle of the nineteenth century a group of political activists in New York City joined together to challenge a religious group they believed were hostile to the American values of liberty and freedom. Called the Know Nothings, they started riots during elections, tarred and feathered their political enemies, and barred men from employment based on their religion. The group that caused this uproar?: Irish and German Catholics - then known as the most villainous religious group in America, and widely believed to be loyal only to the Pope. It would take another hundred years before Catholics threw off these xenophobic accusations and joined the American mainstream. The idea that the United States is a stronghold of religious freedom is central to our identity as a nation - and utterly at odds with the historical record. In American Heretics, historian Peter Gottschalk traces the arc of American religious discrimination and shows that, far from the dominant protestant religions being kept in check by the separation between church and state, religious groups from Quakers to Judaism have been subjected to similar patterns of persecution. Today, many of these same religious groups that were once regarded as anti-thetical to American values are embraced as evidence of our strong religious heritage - giving hope to today's Muslims, Sikhs, and other religious groups now under fire.
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ISBN-13: 9781137278296
ISBN-10: 1137278293
Pagini: 242
Dimensiuni: 162 x 244 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.43 kg
Editura: Palgrave MacMillan
Locul publicării: Basingstoke, United Kingdom


Chapter One: Heretics! Blasphemers! Witches!: Quakers in Colonial America
Chapter Two: Legal Impositions: Fear of Mormon Law in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Chapter Three: Heathens: The Sioux and the Ghost Dance
Chapter Four: UnAmerican and UnChristian: Irish Catholics
Chapter Five: Jews in the Eyes of the Ku Klux Klan and Henry Ford
Chapter Six: It's Not a Religion, It's a Cult: The Branch Davidians
Chapter Seven: All of the Above: Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Sentiment Today
Conclusion: How We Can Do Better

Notă biografică

Peter Gottschalk is the chair of the Religion department at Wesleyan University. He is the co-author of the scholarly text Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy, which examines the depiction of Muslims in political cartoons. It was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, and he was interviewed on CNN, NPR, Air America, and Voice of America,and was featured in USA Today, and The Washington Post’s "On Faith" website. He lives in Middletown, CT.


Dark side of freedom of religion: Schoolchildren in the US are taught that one of America's cherished values is religious tolerance. Gottschalk demonstrates that this is more myth than history, and traces some of the more surprising instances of intolerance in our past.

Sheds lights on recent violence: With the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and ongoing discrimination against Muslims, stories of violent religious discrimination are never far from the headlines.