By Yahya Kamalipour, Joel Thierstein

Religion, legislations, and Freedom: a world Perspective introduces readers to assorted views at the interaction of faith, legislations, and communications freedom in numerous cultures world wide. via dialogue and research of the non secular mores and cultural values country adheres to, a better knowing of that kingdom, its legislation, and its freedoms will be cultivated. instead of suggesting that concord should be accomplished with out clash, the essays during this quantity search to offer the reader with quite a few views from which to view and comprehend the relationships between faith, legislations, and freedom in a variety of cultures. This multifaceted research, hence, is helping readers draw their very own conclusions as to find out how to get to the bottom of cultural clash caused by way of the transforming into worldwide community.

The e-book involves fifteen chapters, authored or coauthored by way of 17 foreign students representing China, Germany, Israel, Iran, Japan, Latvia, Nigeria, Singapore, the uk, and the us. The chapters are prepared into 4 elements: Perspectives on japanese and Western Religions; Press Freedom in non secular and Secular Societies; Journalism, ads, and moral Issues; and Religion, Politics, Media, and Human Rights. this crucial contribution will particularly attract researchers and scholars in such fields as mass communications, felony experiences, cultural reports, political technology, faith, intercultural communications, foreign communications, and journalism.

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The Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Freedom in America 9 actions of the early Congresses and Presidents, in fact, suggest quite the opposite. (Cord, 1982, p. 15) There was a serious conflict over the precise powers of state governments, as opposed to the federal government, to regulate religion. No one could anticipate the kind of tough religious cases that would later find their way to the Supreme Court, nor could anyone anticipate the complex problems thrown to the federal judiciary when interpreting the language of the First Amendment.

It became the foundation for the new Republic on questions of religious freedom and the model for the other states as they began the difficult task of rewriting their constitutions after the Revolutionary War. So strongly did Jefferson feel about the work that he asked that the title and his name as author be engraved on his tombstone. Jefferson’s bill was introduced into the Virginia legislature in 1779, but because of the controversy it aroused, it was not approved until 1786. Section I of the bill provides a rationale for the proscriptions in Sections II and III.

Though the Court ruled the statute valid, it tentatively incorporated the Fourteenth Amendment into its justification. The incorporation theory went from dictum to holding in Fiske v. Kansas (1927), and it eventually went from just the free speech clause to nearly the entire Bill of Rights. In Fiske, the defendant was accused of violating a state sedition law. This time the Court ruled that his First Amendment rights had been violated as incorporated by the Fourteenth Amendment. This far-reaching doctrine of applying the Bill of Rights to the states under the Fourteenth Amendment began in Gitlow and was to have a revolu- 10 Perspectives on Eastern and Western Religions tionary impact on all aspects of the civil rights of Americans, including their religious rights.

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