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Attack of the Theocrats!: How the Religious Right Harms Us All-and What We Can Do About It [Kindle Edition]

Sean Faircloth , Richard Dawkins
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Book Description

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, who served ten years in the Maine legislature and is now Director of Strategy & Policy for the U.S. Richard Dawkins Foundation, moves beyond the symbolism to explore the many ways federal and state legal codes privilege religion in law.

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"Faircloth makes such a compelling case." -- Bill Nye The Science Guy

"Faircloth is doing such important work." -- Mythbusters Co-Host and Executive Producer, Adam Savage

"This book...offers a bold plan." -- James Randi

"An inspiring and invigorating vision." -- Richard Dawkins

About the Author

Sean Faircloth formerly served for a decade in the Maine State Legislature. Successfully spearheading over thirty pieces of legislation, he was elected Majority Whip by his colleagues in his last term. Richard Dawkins is widely considered to be one of the world's most prominent scientists. He is the author of a number of best-selling books, including The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth.

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  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MYDTWU
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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secularly Sound November 25, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It by Sean Faircloth

"Attack of the Theocrats" is the brief yet effective book on how the religious right has used their political clout to cause harm to the rest of us. Sean Faircloth's interesting secular manifesto is a product of an interesting background that includes: his formal education as a lawyer, his years as a politician serving five terms in the Maine Legislature, his leadership and vision led to the creation of a children's museum in Maine, executive director of the Secular Coalition of America, and most recently director of strategy and policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. This 168-page book is composed of ten chapters: 1. Introduction: The Crumbled Wall between Church and State, 2. Our Secular Heritage: One Nation under the Constitution, 3. Religious Bias in Law Harms Us All, 4. Genital Morality vs. Real Morality, 5. Two American Traditions: Religious Huckster and Secular Innovators, 6. The Theocrats (aka the Fundamentalist Fifty), 7. The Secularists, 8. Secularism - Born Again, 9. Our Secular Decade: A Strategic Plan, and 10. A Vision of a Secular America.

Positives:
1. Well written, engaging prose.
2. Great defense of secular principles.
3. Insightful, eye-opening accounts on how religion harms us. Accounts involving dangers to our children are most troubling.
4. Thought-provoking quotes, "Fundamentalists tell us to fear the specter of special rights for gay citizens, though of course gay Americans aren't after special rights - merely equal rights. The irony is that special rights actually do exist in this country - for religious groups."
5. The special rights of religious groups in detail.
6.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
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Sean Faircloth provides an extremely perceptive and timely analysis of the assault of religious fundamentalists on one of the most important precepts of the U.S. Constitution, the First Amendment bar against the government's establishment of religion. Both James Madison, the principal author of the amendment, and Thomas Jefferson, an early proponent of such a concept, interpreted this language to mean complete separation of church and state. Of all the precepts of our Constitution, none was more original nor more profound in the shaping of our government and our country.

However, in the past several decades, Christian fundamentalists - who make up less than a quarter of the American populace - have managed to subvert the intent of this great concept. Faircloth demonstrates how this subversion is not simply about nativity scenes or Ten Commandment plaques in public spaces. It is about life and death for pregnant women, proper health care for innocent children, education grounded in reality and science, and the path of the U.S. that will result in progress or stagnation.

After clearly describing the on-going threat of religious fundamentalism, Faircloth then provides a plan for non-theists to regain the high road of the Founding Fathers' separation of church and state. As opposed to the exclusivity of fundamentalism, it is a plan that is inclusive. Persons of religious faith, who also recognize the dangers of rigid fundamentalism, and who recognize the virtues of keeping government and religion completely separate, are welcome as much as secularists, humanists, agnostics, atheists, and free-thinkers.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Motivational Kick in the Pants November 4, 2011
By Kaitlyn
Format:Hardcover
If you've never seen the harm in having religious bias driving our laws- read this book.

If you HAVE seen the harm in having religious bias driving our laws, but thought there was nothing you could do about it- read this book.

Sean Faircloth's Attack of the Theocrats is the perfect introduction to show people the unexpected flood unleashed once cracks start to form in the dam between church and state. While not condemning religion nor religious people themselves, Faircloth does a convincing job of explaining why allowing religious institutions special treatment and bringing faith-based laws into our government cause far greater harm than good. From exempting religious daycare centers from basic child-safety regulations, to allowing tax dollars to fund programs that studies repeatedly show are ineffective (but that religious ideology supports), he highlights many of the dangers and injustices that allowing even a seemingly small amount of bias unleashes.

But he does not end the book on a sour note. The second half is a call to stand up, speak out, and not only defend against the theocratic onslaught, but to overtake it and restore our government back to its secular roots. He introduces a realistic plan that is sure to drive and empower anyone with the passion to take on its challenge.

If you've been looking for something that's not only informative, but motivational as well, pick up this book. It might just be the most important thing an American can read today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but the truth so help us....some common sense
Sean nailed this.....I donated to the Richard Dawkins Foundation immediately after reading. I also ordered the "Religion, together we can find a cure" t-shirt. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dennis A. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Pursuasive Argument for Separation of Church and State
The author brings up many situations in which the cross over of church and state is deleterious to people, especially children and must be reversed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary K. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book from an awesome individual
Sean Faircloth works hard to fight for reason and secularism! He urges the public to use their critical thinking skills and not to be afraid of skepticism. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chipmunk
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"Attack of the Theocrats" is a book meant to wake people up to the real threat of the United States government, a secular, Constitutional Republic, from being taken over... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Obi
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book
This book tells it as it is. People like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Michele Bachman, Bill O'Reilly, Christine O'Donnell and Sean Hannity--Just to name a few, will obviously see... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nick_In_Detroit
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up -- Those Aren't Roses You've Been Sniffing
We all may face a taste of the Dark Ages in our own lives if no one heeds the warning made clear in this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hedonwriter
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
Smart. A revealing look at the neoconservative power grab and how it affects us all, even if you don't realize it.
Published 8 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Jefferson, Do Not Tear Down That Wall!
The wall that separates church and state must never be abolished. Our nation needs it always, especially now and forever.
Published 8 months ago by Frederick L. Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone who cares about separation between church and...
This is a beautifully articulate book that details the erosion of the line protecting ordinary Americans from religious bias, and most importantly what can be done to stop and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jennifer Ann Koetters
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much new here, but still instructive for the right audience
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More About the Author

Sean Faircloth served five terms in the Maine Legislature on both the judiciary and appropriations committees. In his last term, he was elected Majority Whip by his caucus colleagues. Faircloth had the idea for the Maine Discovery Museum and led the four-year project from conception to completion in 2001. Of the twenty-five children's museums in New England, the Maine Discovery Museum was then the second-largest children's museum outside Boston.

An accomplished legislator, Faircloth successfully spearheaded over thirty laws, including the so-called deadbeat-dad child-support law that saved Maine taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and became a model for federal law. Faircloth had numerous legislative successes in children's issues and justice-system reform.

Faircloth has spoken around the United States about the Constitution, secularism and law, children's policy, obesity policy, and sex-crime law. Faircloth chaired a commission on sex-crime-law reform that led to substantive improvement in that area of law. He chaired a commission on early childhood, as well as a commission regarding the citizen-initiative process.

Faircloth graduated from the University of Notre Dame and has a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Faircloth served as a state assistant attorney general and as a lobbyist for the Maine State Bar Association. In 2009 Faircloth became executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, advocating for separation of church and state and for greater acceptance of nontheistic viewpoints in American life.

As executive director of Secular Coalition for America, Faircloth conceived of, drafted, and orchestrated the Secular Decade plan, and has worked with secular americans nationwide to continually improve this plan, which offers a specific strategy for returning America to its secular roots.

In 2011 Faircloth become Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation in the United States.

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