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Finbarr Curtis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479882113

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479882113.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Production of American Religious Freedom

Finbarr Curtis

NYU Press

Freedom is hard to bear.

—James Baldwin

Americans are a people captivated by freedom. Few agree, however, about what freedom means. At times, freedom challenges injustice. At other times, freedom justifies the way things are. Freedom fights for the laborer and defends corporations from regulation. Freedom protects the traditional family and protests against sexual restrictions. Freedom decries discrimination and insists that none exists. Freedom invites foreigners to American shores and restricts their entry. Freedom longs for a Christian nation and welcomes religious diversity. Freedom calls for more and less government. Freedom is cherished by sinners and saints, immigrants and nativists, slaves and slaveholders, corporations and employees....

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