Daniel Bennett, "Defending Faith: The Politics of the Christian Conservative Legal Movement" (UP of Kansas, 2017)


This week on the podcast, Daniel Bennet joins us to talk about his new book, Defending Faith: The Politics of the Christian Conservative Legal Movement(University Press of Kansas, 2017). Bennett is assistant professor of political science at John Brown University. From Hobby Lobby to Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court has ruled on controversial social policy issues. At the center of many of these cases are a set of legal organizations, what Bennett calls Christian Conservative Legal Organizations or CCLOs, including the American Center for Law and Justice and Alliance Defending Freedom. In his book, he explains how CCLOs advocate for issues central to Christian conservatives, highlights the influence of religious liberty on the CLM's broader agenda, and reveals how the Christian Right has become accustomed to the courts as a field of battle in today's culture wars. Bennett studies these groups as a type of interest group and legal advocacy the primary strategy to fulfill their interests.

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