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Author: Steven T. Collis Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Shadow Mountain Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2019 ISBN: 9781982697549
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Deep Conviction features four ordinary Americans who put their reputations and livelihoods at risk as they fought to protect their first amendment right to live their personal beliefs. Though these individuals couldn’t be more different, they share a similar conviction and determination, and the principles of religious freedom apply equally to all of them.

In 1813, a Catholic priest in New York City faced prison after a grand jury subpoenaed him for refusing to divulge the identity of a jewelry thief who admitted to the crime during the sacrament of confession.

In 1959, an atheist in Maryland was forced to choose between his job and his beliefs when the state required him, as part of the hiring process, to sign an oath that said he believed in God. The United States Supreme Court would decide his fate.

In 1989, a Klamath Indian man walked into the highest court of our nation to fight for the right to practice the central sacrament of the Native American church after the state of Oregon had declared it illegal.

And, finally, in 2017, a Christian baker and a gay couple took their case to the United States Supreme Court after the baker declined to create a custom wedding cake to celebrate the couple’s same-sex marriage, fearing it would violate his duty to God.

Chosen for their universality and for the broad principles they represent, these true stories reflect the diversity of beliefs in the United States, the conflicts between religious freedom and other interests, the perils individuals face when their right to live their beliefs is threatened, and the genius of America’s promise of religious liberty for all.

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  • “An accessible and fascinating narrative for all readers interested in how diverse battles over First Amendment rights and religious freedom have shaped people’s lives and the nation at large.”

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  • “Collis is able to use these stories to highlight recurring themes about how we balance rights of conscience against the unbending rule of law…Demonstrates the universality of conscience protections for people of all faiths or none. Will inspire lay audiences and provide an invaluable resource for academics and litigators who will undoubtedly be surprised by how much they have to learn about these familiar cases and the deep convictions of their unlikely protagonists.”

    Stephanie Barclay, associate professor, Brigham Young University Law School

  • “Collis takes complex legal theories and disputes and brings them to life in a way that will make them engaging for readers with no legal background…Even-handed and thoughtful, yet paced like a good work of literature, Deep Conviction will leave readers with a deeper understanding of the relationship between church and state. Through the eyes of people affected on an intimate level, the book illuminates how religious liberty law ended up where it is today. The stories—riveting and painstakingly researched—will allow readers to be thoughtful about where the law should go and they will help readers understand the differing viewpoints on these most important of issues. A timely and important contribution.”

    Douglas Laycock, professor of law and religious studies, University of Virginia Law School, and author of Religious Liberty

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About the Author

Steven T. Collis is the chair of the religious institutions and first amendment practice group at the law firm Holland & Hart. He regularly represents religious institutions, school districts, and traditional employers nationwide regarding a broad range of religious liberty issues. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law where he teaches courses on religious liberty law. He earned an MFA in creating writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and received his JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.