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Author Curtis, Finbarr, 1973- author.

Title Going low : how profane politics challenges American democracy / Finbarr Curtis
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2022]
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Contents Introduction -- The reality of Donald J. Trump -- Steve Bannon and the clash of civilizations -- Cartoons and guns -- Christian values and the white evangelical -- Masterpiece cakeshop and the art of religious freedom -- NFL protests and the profane rites of something -- Fear and safety on campus
Summary "Recent events have shown that, for many on the far right, nothing-no matter how offensive, immoral, or even illegal-is impermissible in pursuit of power. But the left is not immune to such policies and tactics, often against itself. Such transgressive social rule-breaking, argues Finbarr Curtis, is particularly amenable to the analytical tools of religious studies. Religion itself is about rules, about what is sacred and what is profane, a contested binary whose differing definitions and the practices they produce, protect, and profane participate in shaping politics. According to this view, profanation is a deliberate provocation to the social order that, if allowed to stand unpunished or without apology, precipitates a crisis of authority. Liberal models of free speech and religious freedom are ill-equipped to respond to such challenges, since they classify religion (and by extension quasi-religious identity and other categories with "sacred" norms) as a private rather than a public matter, unable to recognize that religious beliefs, ethics, and practices often mandate public morals and behaviors in social and political life. Insulting religious (or in-group identity) beliefs and morals--rules--has real-world consequences. The inability to prevent such acts of transgression marks a loss of power on the part of the state (or other institutional entity) and the social order and is a threat to sovereignty. The examples discussed in Going Low-including Black opposition to religious nationalism, the alt left and political correctness on campus, complicity claims, Steve Bannon's global Holy War, justified violence against blasphemy (Texas version), Nones and the spiritual marketplace, and the future of white nationalism after Trump-demonstrate how diverse political and religious groups share a commitment to winning at any cost that challenges the authority of liberalism and democratic institutions"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Democracy -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Freedom of religion -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Freedom of speech -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Nationalism -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Political parties -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Sports -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Democracy.
Freedom of religion.
Freedom of speech.
Nationalism.
Political culture.
Political parties.
Politics and government.
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State
Sports -- Political aspects.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021049200
ISBN 0231556136
9780231556132