Peter Gottschalk; Foreword by Martin E. Marty
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
In American Heretics, historian Peter Gottschalk traces the arc of American religious discrimination and shows that, far from the dominant protestant religions being kept in check by the separation between church and state, religious groups from Quakers to Judaism have been subjected to similar patterns of persecution. Today, many of these same religious groups that were once regarded as anti-thetical to American values are embraced as evidence of our strong religious heritage—giving hope to today's Muslims, Sikhs, and other religious groups now under fire.
“This book is a fascinating historical journey for anyone with an interest in history, religion and community.” —Press Association
“Eclectic examples from the ample album of bigotry in American democracy.” —Kirkus Reviews
A must read in a 21st century when religious pluralism and religious intolerance are a global challenge. Peter Gottschalk’s American Heretics is a unique and powerful study and critique, a corrective to many American’s amnesia about our past history of religious intolerance and, in his last chapter, a wakeup call to “The Sum of All Fears: Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Sentiment.” —John L. Esposito, author of The Future of Islam and Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism.
“American Heretics is a heartfelt plea to Americans to take responsibility for their xenophobia and racism. Gottschalk is relentless in presenting the grimy shame of U.S. nativism, giving new detail to both past and current events we thought we knew, all the while insisting that all Americans share in this shame." —Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University Bloomington