Contemporary Paganism: Minority Religions in a Majoritarian America

  • Authors
  • Carol┬áBarner-Barry

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Carol Barner-Barry
    Pages 9-28
  3. Carol Barner-Barry
    Pages 29-55
  4. Carol Barner-Barry
    Pages 57-79
  5. Carol Barner-Barry
    Pages 81-111
  6. Carol Barner-Barry
    Pages 113-145
  7. Carol Barner-Barry
    Pages 147-171
  8. Carol Barner-Barry
    Pages 205-217
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 219-242

About this book


This book explores the legal bias in the United States against Paganism and other non-Christian religions. Despite being one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world, the U.S. legal system developed when the population was predominantly Christian. Built into the law is the tacit assumption that all religions and religious practices resemble Christianity. Using the Pagans as a case study, Barner-Barry shows how their experiences demonstrate that both the law affecting nondominant religions and the judiciary that interprets this law are significantly biased in favor of the dominant religion, Christianity. This creates legal problems, as well as problems of intolerance, for religions with significantly different practices. Special attention is given to a series of Supreme Court decisions interpreting the Freedom of Religion Clause in terms of neutrality and interpreting the Establishment Clause loosely and its impact on nondominant religions in the US.


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