When it comes to questions of religion, legal scholars face a predicament. They often expect to resolve dilemmas according to general principles of equality, neutrality, or the separation of church and state. But such abstractions fail to do justice to the untidy welter of values at stake. Offering new views of how to understand and protect religious freedom in a democracy, The Tragedy of Religious Freedom challenges the idea that matters of law and religion should be referred to far-flung theories about the First Amendment. Examining a broad array of contemporary and more established Supreme Court rulings, Marc DeGirolami explains why conflicts implicating religious liberty are so emotionally fraught and deeply contested.
And from the blurbs:
A sophisticated and thoughtful book, which offers fresh insights on a central question of religious liberty. (Philip Hamburger, Author Of separation Of Church And State )
The Tragedy of Religious Freedom is a first-rate contribution to the law-and-religion conversation. This conversation--how to think about, and how to effectively protect in law, religious freedom in a constitutional democracy--is a lively and timely one, and DeGirolami is an impressive participant. (Richard W. Garnett, Notre Dame Law School )