Is it a shield or a weapon? A protection from government overreach or a tool to impose religion on others?
The Bible speaks of people beating swords into plowshares, but some conservative American Christians are proving that a false prophecy. They’re beating plowshares into swords. A group of committed and well-funded activists—“Crusaders”—are attempting to redefine and weaponize religious liberty, to change a hallowed legal protection into a tool to impose religion on others. This book will drag that crusade into the light of day.
The Crusaders are deliberately working to pervert this hallowed constitutional protection. Their vision of religious liberty codifies privilege and status for conservative, white Christians, a dwindling demographic. It’s a weapon to maintain their dominant, privileged caste status that can be used against nearly every law, rule, or regulation.
Andrew tells the true stories underlying the key religious freedom cases the Supreme Court has decided in the last thirty years—the gay wedding cake case, the Muslim travel ban case, the case about the 40-foot Christian cross on government land, the cases challenging Covid-19 health measures, and many more. With clear language and unflinching analysis, Andrew shows that the hallowed legal protection, freedom of religion, has been turned into a tool to advance privilege and impose religion on others.
The book will include a foreword by noted constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky.