Attack of the Theocrats!: How the Religious Right Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It (Paperback)
 

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Attack of the Theocrats!: How the Religious Right Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It (Paperback)

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    At no time in history has the United States had such a high percentage of theocratic members of Congress--those who expressly endorse religious bias in law. Just as ominously, especially for those whoshare the values and views of Thomas Jefferson and J......more

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At no time in history has the United States had such a high percentage of theocratic members of Congress--those who expressly endorse religious bias in law. Just as ominously, especially for those whoshare the values and views of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, at no other time have religious fundamentalists effectively had veto power over one of the country's two major political parties. As Sean Faircloth argues inthis deeply sobering yet highly engaging book, this has led to the crumbling of the country's most cherished founding principle--the wall of separation between church and state.While much of the public debate in the United States over church-state issues has focused on the construction of nativity scenes in town squares and the addition of "under God" to the Pledge, Faircloth, a former politician andcurrent executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, moves beyond the symbolism to explore the many ways federal and state legal codes privilege religion in law. He demonstrates in vivd detail how religious bias inlaw harms all Americans--financially, militarily, physically, socially, and educationally--and directs special attention to the outlandish words, views, and policy proposals of the most theocratic politicians, a group he labels theFundamentalist Fifty. Sounding a much-needed alarm for all who care about the future direction of the country, Faircloth concludes by offering an inspiring ten-point vision of an America returned to its secular roots and byproviding a specific and sensible plan for realizing this vision. Both his vision and his plan remember and remind that the United States is, above all else, one nation under the Constitution.

Sean Faircloth served for a decade in the Maine State Legislature, where he successfully spearheaded more than 30 pieces of legislation. He was elected majority whip by his colleagues in his last term. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Richard Dawkins is an ethologist, an evolutionary biologist, and a writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was formerly University of Oxford’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science. Among his previous books are The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion, and The Selfish Gene.

Author:
Faircloth, Sean
Genre:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
165
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pitchstone Llc
Publish Date:
10/15/2012
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9780984493258
Height:
9.5 in
Wdth:
6.0 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.6 lb
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