“Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground” edited by William N.Eskridge and Robin Fretwell Wilson— Culture Wars

Eskridge, William N. and Robin Fretwell Wilson, editors. “Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground”, Cambridge University Press, 2019. Culture Wars Amos Lassen Important and impactful voices in the faith, LGBT advocacy, legal, and academic communities give us a total view of culture-war conflicts. The contributors share ways for resolving these conflicts and suggest outer boundaries of what constitutes acceptable common ground. As we are all aware, the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) are strongly contested by some faith communities. The confrontation has become increasingly pronounced following a number of legal cases. The arguments of both sides are part of a heated political arena that brings up the contested question of whether there is any possibility of both communities’ contested positions being reconciled under the same law. We hear voices from the faith, LGBT advocacy, legal, and academic communities – from the Human Rights Campaign and ACLU to the National Association of Evangelicals and Catholic and LDS churches. The contributors look at issues such as Obergefell and Masterpiece Cakeshop and explore whether communities with such profound differences in belief are able to reach mutually acceptable solutions so that both live with integrity. The essays on this volume gives us is an enlightening, civil and ultimately hopeful dialogue about one of the most urgent public policy questions of our time.
The book is diverse, and comprehensive as it focuses on one LGBT lives. It makes an  effort to reconcile competing claims of religious freedom and sexual liberty for LGBTQ Parties. Professors Wilson and Eskridge, Jr. are both national leaders in the reconciliation effort and have brought together a collection of leading scholars. “The views and arguments here cover the full conversation about whether and how ‘common ground’ between religious freedom and LGBT rights is possible.” “Legal scholars, activists, theologians, historians, and public officials explore not only the history, justifications, and implications of religious liberty’s foundational status, but also the contemporary challenges to it.”  

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