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Sacred Liberty

America's Long, Bloody, and Ongoing Struggle for Religious Freedom
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
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Sacred Liberty offers a dramatic, sweeping survey of how America built a unique model of religious freedom, perhaps the nation’s “greatest invention”. Steven Waldman, the best-selling author of Founding Faith, shows how early ideas about religious liberty were tested and refined amid the brutal persecution of Catholics, Baptists, Mormons, Quakers, African slaves, Native Americans, Muslims, Jews, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. American leaders drove religious freedom forward - figures like James Madison, George Washington, the World War II presidents (Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower) and even George W. Bush. But the biggest heroes were the regular Americans - people like Mary Dyer, Marie Barnett, and W. D. Mohammed - who risked their lives or reputations by demanding to practice their faiths freely.  

Just as the documentary Eyes on the Prize captured the rich drama of the civil rights movement, Sacred Liberty brings to life the remarkable story of how America became one of the few nations in world history that has religious freedom, diversity and high levels of piety at the same time. Finally, Sacred Liberty provides a road map for how, in the face of modern threats to religious freedom, this great achievement can be preserved.

©2019 Steven Waldman (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Steven Waldman writes a wonderful chronicle on our evolution on religious freedom in this country. Mob rule, ignorance, and narcissistic tendencies are alive and well in America. I wonder if religion causes ignorance or intolerance or is the consequence of blind faith???