Mike Newdow performs the Holy Hullabaloos theme song!

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If Laurence Tribe and Joan Rivers had a love child, it would be Jay Wexler.
--Americans United for the Separation of Church and State



Hello and welcome. I'm Jay Wexler, and this is the website of my book, Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church-State Wars. The book will be released in June of 2009 by Beacon Press. Over here is the cover, designed by the art department at Beacon. The song that is playing is the Holy Hullabaloos theme song, written and sung by Mike Newdow, the California lawyer who sued (successfully, for a time) to have "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. Click here to buy the book from Amazon. Click here to buy it from Powell's.

In the fall of 2007, I spent about six months traveling to all sorts of interesting places where big church-state Supreme Court cases came from. I wanted to visit the people who were involved in the cases and see the places where they actually happened. I went to an Amish farm, a high school football game in East Texas, the U.S. Senate, a community of really Orthodox Jews in New York State, a Santeria get-together in South Florida, and downtown Cleveland. Inspired by books like Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation, Chuck Klosterman's Killing Yourself to Live, and Steve Almond's Candyfreak, my book tells the story of this trip while also explaining the basics of church-state law and making jokes.

On the left, you can click on buttons that will get you to all sorts of information about the book, like reviews and author appearances. You can also link to the Holy Hullabaloos blog, which includes all sorts of stuff both about the book and not about the book, including a few observations on swans. If you click on the "Deleted Material" button, you can see and read some material that I tried to get into the final draft, like my painting of Justice Samuel Alito with a small green bunny on his shoulder, but that my editors wisely deleted.

Thank you for coming. I hope you enjoy your time here.