Caren Dubnoff, professor of political science at College of the Holy Cross, recently profiled Steven Goldberg’s Bleached Faith: The Tragic Cost When Religion Is Forced into the Public Square (2008) for Law and Politics Book Review.
In his brief volume, Steven Goldberg supports the separation of Church and State by challenging, as Dubnoff puts it, “the argument that because religion has a positive effect on moral values and civic virtue, it merits government support. He also responds to the argument that barring religion from the public square violates the free exercise rights of the religious.”
Dubnoff goes on to explain: “Goldberg builds his argument around three cases: the controversy over the posting of the Ten Commandments; the argument over the introduction of Intelligent Design in school biology classes; and the argument over holiday displays.”
This reviewer’s conclusion is that Bleached Faith is based on very current issues and provides a useful rebuttal to those leaning against the separation of Church and State.