ERIC Number: ED380909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
The Round Table and Our Civic Religion.
Bauer, Norman J.
Diversity is rapidly becoming one of America's most prominent virtues, while also creating one of its most vexing problems. This paper examines the dilemma created by increased diversity, which is how to respect the rights of others while maintaining some sense of unity. The growth of religious pluralism, in particular, illustrates this tension. The free-exercise principles in the First Amendment have guaranteed equal opportunity for all members of society to publicly practice and express their religious beliefs. These principles form the center of America's civic religion, which binds people together in a common set of values. It is argued that the metaphor of the "melting pot" be replaced with that of the "round table," which guarantees the right of all individuals and organizations to campaign for their particular ends, thus promoting a powerful national "pluribus" while being guided by the common values inherent in American civic religion. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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