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on June 29, 2012
Sean Faircloth, perhaps the most lucid and energetic modern-day cheerleader for church-state separation, has delivered a fine call to arms for those who hope to reclaim American democracy from the band of religionists who have hijacked our government since the Reagan years. Faircloth's well-chosen quotes from the greatest of our founders, Jefferson and Madison, make it unquestionably clear that we were not founded as a Christian nation and that their "wall of separation" was explicit, intentional and wise. The author's examples of the ways in which theocratic laws harm children, women, all of us, are spot-on.
Faircloth makes a compelling case that rescuing our legislatures, executives and judicial system from the clutches of those who would impose "Bronze Age morality" on society must be among our loftiest goals. He easily gives the lie to the Tea Party and fundamentalist claims that imposition of their brand of religion on our laws reflects any loyalty to the men who framed our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and the other basic documents of the American experiment.
That said, the book has its flaws. I read it because I agree with the author on most matters of governance, and strongly support the work he does and advocates, but it isn't a particularly well-written book. At times he indulges a level of snarkiness that weakens his argument, and he refers to a few compelling examples of child-abuse too often (I get it already). This is a terrific source book for those who are joining the push to re-secularize American government, but it isn't as inspirational as I'd have hoped, given Faircloth's compelling oratory.