Fundamentalism in American Religion and Law: Obamas Challenge to Patriarchys Threat to Democracy by David A. J. RichardsFundamentalism in American Religion and Law: Obamas Challenge to Patriarchys Threat to Democracy by David A. J. Richards

Fundamentalism in American Religion and Law: Obamas Challenge to Patriarchys Threat to Democracy

byDavid A. J. Richards

Hardcover | March 15, 2010

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Why, from Reagan to George Bush, have fundamentalists in religion and in law (originalists) exercised such political power and influence in the United States? Why has the Republican Party forged an ideology of judicial appointments (originalism) hostile to abortion and gay rights? Why and how did Barack Obama distinguish himself among Democratic candidates not only by his opposition to the Iraq war but by his opposition to originalism? This book argues that fundamentalism in both religion and law threatens democratic values and draws its appeal from a patriarchal psychology still alive in our personal and political lives and at threat from the constitutional developments since the 1960s. The argument analyzes this psychology (based on traumatic loss in intimate life) and resistance to it (based on the love of equals). Obama's resistance to originalism arises from his developmental history as a democratic, as opposed to patriarchal, man who resists the patriarchal demands on men and women that originalism enforces - in particular, the patriarchal love laws that tell people who and how and how much they may love.
Title:Fundamentalism in American Religion and Law: Obamas Challenge to Patriarchys Threat to DemocracyFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:328 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.87 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052119122X

ISBN - 13:9780521191227

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Table of Contents

Introduction: defining the problem; 1. The progressive recognition of human rights under American constitutional law; Part I. Fundamentalism in Law: 2. The fundamentalism of constitutional originalism; 3. The motivations of constitutional fundamentalism; Part II. Fundamentalism in Religion: 4. Fundamentalism in Roman Catholicism; 5. Fundamentalism among Protestants; 6. Mormon fundamentalism; Part III. Fundamentalism in Law and Religion: 7. Patriarchal roots of constitutional fundamentalism; 8. Fundamentalism in religion and law; Conclusion: patriarchy as the American dilemma.

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"[Richards is] to be congratulated for critiquing religious fundamentalism from within a religious perspective and offering alternative readings of religious tradition, rather than simply dissecting it from the outside. ... there is much to admire and chew over in this book." - Paul Horwitz, Concurring Opinions