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    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Many legal theorists and judges agree on one major premise in the field of law and religion: that religion clause jurisprudence is in a state of disarray and has been for some time. In Masters of Illusion, Frank S. Ravitch provocatively contends that both hard originalism (a strict focus on the intent of the Framers) and neutrality are illusory in religion clause jurisprudence, the former because it cannot live up to its promise for either side in the debate and the latter because it is simply impossible in the religion clause context. Yet these two principles have been used in almost every Supreme Court decision addressing religion clause questions.Ravitch unpacks the various principles of religion clause interpretation, drawing on contemporary debates such as school prayer and displaying the Ten Commandments on courthouses, to demonstrate that the neutrality principle does not work in a pluralistic society. When defined by large, overarching principles of equality and liberty, neutrality fails to account for differences between groups and individuals. If, however, the Court drew on a variety of principles instead of a single notion of neutrality to decide whether or not laws facilitated or discouraged religious practices, the result could be a more equitable approach to religion clause cases.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780814775851. 9780814776766.
    • Accession Number:
      170688861
    • Accession Number:
      200932
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    • ABNT:
      RAVITCH, F. S. Masters of Illusion : The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses. New York: NYU Press, 2007. ISBN 9780814775851. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=200932&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 22 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Ravitch FS. Masters of Illusion : The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses. New York: NYU Press; 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=200932&custid=s8280428. Accessed February 22, 2020.
    • APA:
      Ravitch, F. S. (2007). Masters of Illusion : The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses. NYU Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ravitch, Frank S. 2007. Masters of Illusion : The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses. New York: NYU Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=200932&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Ravitch, F. S. (2007) Masters of Illusion : The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses. New York: NYU Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=200932&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 22 February 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ravitch, FS 2007, Masters of Illusion : The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses, NYU Press, New York, viewed 22 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Ravitch, Frank S. Masters of Illusion : The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses. NYU Press, 2007. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=200932&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ravitch, Frank S. Masters of Illusion : The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses. New York: NYU Press, 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=200932&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ravitch FS. Masters of Illusion : The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses [Internet]. New York: NYU Press; 2007 [cited 2020 Feb 22]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=200932&custid=s8280428