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Battleground

One Mother's Crusade, the Religious Right, and the Struggle for Control of Our Classrooms

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Stephen Bates (View Bio)
Hardcover: Simon & Schuster, 1993; Paperback: Henry Holt & Co., 1994.

"What comes through the pages of this extraordinary account ...is the essence of the doctrine separating church and state and the essential meaning of heresy." — Chicago Tribune

"This is essential reading for educators, religious leaders, and anyone concerned about book banning and the limits of tolerance." — Library Journal

"Fully as dramatic as INHERIT THE WIND." — Boston Globe

"Beautifully researched and meticulously balanced ...It is rare to find a book as thorough and tempered as this one." — Legal Times

"A chilling tale of what happens when politics and morality collide in one American school. Read the book, especially if you're a parent." — Detroit Free Press

"A balanced, well-documented account of a battle recently fought by a handful of Tennessee fundamentalist parents against high-school textbooks. Bates (IF NO NEWS, SEND RUMORS, 1989) traces the course of the controversial censorship debate that came to be known as 'Scopes II' — a debate that pitted the powerful Christian organization of Concerned Women for America against Norman Lear's People for the American Way. Bates also provides intimate glimpses into the lives and minds of the leading combatants.... He refuses to dismiss these men and women as mere lunatics of the religious right. Rather, he contends that, in this case, the fundamentalists were treated condescendingly by the media, who often distorted the facts — and he raises some of the questions that the media allegedly chose to ignore: 'How should a secular, tolerant society cope with devout but intolerant citizens in both the public school and the public square? How much control should parents wield over their children's education? How should the public handle religious topics and religious students?' While never encumbering his text with ponderous arguments about constitutionality or educational theory, Bates strikes with range and depth at the heart of these issues, crucial for educators and all concerned Americans." — Kirkus Reviews

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