A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America

The U.S. has lengthy been defined as a kingdom of immigrants, however it is usually a kingdom of religions during which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists dwell and paintings part by way of part. This booklet explores that state of religions, concentrating on how 4 lately arrived non secular communities--Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs--are shaping and, in flip, formed by way of American values.

For a iteration, students were documenting how the landmark laws that loosened immigration regulations in 1965 catalyzed the advance of the U.S. as "a state of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, in addition to Christians," as best court docket Justice Tom Clark placed it. The individuals to this quantity take U.S. spiritual range no longer as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has develop into. Essays tackle now not no matter if the us is a Christian or a multireligious nation--clearly, it's both--but how non secular variety is altering the general public values, rites, and associations of the state and the way these values, rites, and associations are affecting religions centuries previous but really new in the USA. This dialog makes an enormous contribution to the intensifying public debate in regards to the applicable position of faith in American politics and society.

Ihsan Bagby, college of Kentucky
Courtney Bender, Columbia University
Stephen Dawson, woodland, Virginia
David Franz, college of Virginia
Hien Duc Do, San Jose nation University
James Davison Hunter, collage of Virginia
Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse University
Gurinder Singh Mann, collage of California, Santa Barbara
Vasudha Narayanan, college of Florida
Stephen Prothero, Boston University
Omid Safi, Colgate University
Jennifer Snow, Pasadena, California
Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia University
R. Stephen Warner, college of Illinois at Chicago
Duncan Ryuken Williams, collage of California, Berkeley

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S. funeral houses. Given paintings calls for, there's no provision for the conventional perform of a number of days of public mourning. the yank surroundings has additionally enormously improved the checklist of Sikh fairs. To the delivery and the demise anniversaries of the authorities and the assertion of the Khalsa, a brand new yr occasion has been officially appended. A prayer is out there in the dark, and the congregation is welcomed into the 12 months forward. After the Sept. 11 tragedy, a distinct examining of the Guru Granth was once played at a number of gurdwaras, in addition to a prayer for the peace of humanity. Celebrations of Thanksgiving and xmas additionally ensue in lots of Sikh houses. with the exception of the intake of tobacco, Sikhs have few food-related taboos. there's no doctrinal limit opposed to consuming meat. despite the fact that, Sikhs stick with the Indian cultural perform of slaughtering animals with a unmarried stroke and never consuming pork. Sikh literature bans consuming meat the place the animal is slaughtered the Islamic manner (halal)—that is, slowly bled to demise. notwithstanding the overall avoidance of consuming red meat maintains within the usa, few Sikhs insist on distinguishing one of the di√erent equipment of slaughter practiced within the usa. The ban on tobacco, besides the fact that, is maintained. Coming from a practice that acknowledges separate seats for faith (the Darbar Sahib) and politics (the Akal Takhat) in Amritsar, Sikhs have little di≈culty figuring out the constitutionally mandated church/state break up within the usa. Sikh leaders have taken pains to make sure that gurdwaras are controlled according to the legislations and that political task helping the liberty of India within the first half the 20 th century and Sikh e√orts to a hundred and seventy gurinder singh mann help create a sovereign kingdom of Khalistan within the Nineteen Eighties have been stored break free the gurdwara actions and bills. In early 1910s, the Guru Nanak Dev Hostel arose in Berkeley as a spot the place Sikh and different Indian scholars on the collage of California may perhaps reside for free. to aid those scholars extra, Sikh philanthropists proven the Guru Gobind Singh academic Scholarship and positioned it less than the stewardship of 2 professors on the institution. those e√orts sought to organize Sikh scholars to play the position of Sikh ambassadors to American academic associations. The Stockton gurdwara additionally made donations to the Stockton neighborhood Chest and contributed fifty funds each year to the neighborhood medical institution starting within the mid-1930s. Sikhs have been proud and gratified whilst a few american citizens stopped via to partake in langar. contemporary many years have obvious the growth of those e√orts to arrive out to mainstream american citizens. Sikh leaders on the Richmond Hill gurdwara frequently invite neighborhood political figures to go to, and the dignitaries who've approved those invites have incorporated senators, participants of Congress, New York’s governor, and a number of other ny urban mayors. The gurdwara leaders inspire Sikhs to take part in fund-raising dinners for either Democratic and Republican applicants and argue that Sikh visibility at those public services is necessary.

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