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Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All- and What We Can Do About It Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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"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.
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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful in understanding the far right and somewhat helpful about how to withstand and maybe even oppose them.Published 1 month ago by Annee Hall
Unfortunately, a true story. Highlights how religion is fighting tooth and nail to tear down the wall between church and state, to everyone's detriment.Published 4 months ago by Wildmaninid
Generally, I liked this book, most especially that after all of the chapters about how bad things are and how bad things can get if this pattern remains unopposed, the author gives... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Garnet
Not just a rant. Talks about the things that can and do really happen when people work to pass laws based on their religious beliefs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Johnston
It's about time someone wrote this book. In my opinion, we are near a crisis now over religious issues and people forget that it is the secular state that provides religious... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Matthew Stone
Makes a great case why we need to get rid of religious privilege.Published 13 months ago by Barry Sardis
I’ve been a faithful church-goer for most of my 57 years, but I have always said that I don’t want my church teaching my kids math or my kids’ school teaching them religion. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Miss Ivonne
I agree with most all of the authors points and is a must read for americans. We're a democratic republic, not a theocracy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by dvgayle
Along the vein of the 2006 publication "The Theocons", only if anything even more demonstrative of America's continuing to slide ever more closely to a combined ultra right-wing... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Master Hahn