American Crusade: How the Supreme Court Is Weaponizing Religious Freedom

Union Square. Sept. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781454943921. $27.99. POL SCI
Attorney and activist Seidel writes a timely and poignant follow-up to his book The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American with a specific eye on today’s U.S. Supreme Court. Whatever side of the political spectrum readers finds themselves on, it is an objective truth that the Court has recently been packed with a set of conservative Justices that make no secret of their strong Christian beliefs. Seidel argues that these Christian biases in the Court are not only unconstitutional but dangerous. Seidel’s in-depth research breaks downs several well-known and more obscure cases that have come across the Court as well as supplementary information about the Justices’ personal affiliations to make his case. Although he has a clear and biased narrative that he is trying to convey, Seidel does so in a balanced way, while also making the depths of “legalese” accessible and engaging to the general public. This work might not change minds but does present solid evidence for his argument that is sure to inspire debate.
VERDICT As an in-depth legal analysis written for the general population, this work will stir controversy and debate and likely be on many readers’ lists whether they agree or disagree with Siedel’s arguments.
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