"Civil Religion and Its Discontents," 67 Texas Law Review 1153 (1989)
What does it mean to be an American? What (if any) "sacred ties" bind us together as a special people with a special destiny? And what is the proper place for quasi-religious icons, like the flag, and creedal affirmations, like the Pledge of Allegiance, in constituting ourselves as a special community? These timely questions have been sharply posed in recent months by the presidential campaign of George Bush, a proud, albeit adopted, son of the Lone Star state. But these questions are more than timely-they are timeless. Indeed, months before the general election took shape, these and related questions were posed with even more crispness-and with far more elegance, eloquence, and thoughtfuilnessby another adopted son of Texas, Professor Sanford Levinson.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Amar, Akhil Reed, "Civil Religion and Its Discontents" (1989). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 1024.