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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press; First Edition edition (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933184191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933184197
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author David Carlin writes a well reasoned case.
RCB Catholic
In turn I ordered this book in the hope that it would help restore my sanity.
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This is a thought-provoking book that is well worth a look.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Can a Catholic Be a Democrat? How the Party I Loved Became the Enemy of My Religion is the personal testimony of devout Catholic David Carlin, who became increasingly alienated from the changes in the Democratic party. In the 1960s, Carlin observed wealthy, secular, and ideological Democrats steer the party away from its pro-life and religious constituencies and form connections with NOW, Hollywood, and the abortion lobby. Carlin openly questions the Democratic party's position on human issues of life, sex, faith, morality, and suffering, and explains in depth how he came to the conclusion that the Democratic party and the Catholic Church are irreconcilable. Though the reader may not agree with Carlin's arguments, it greatly behooves open-minded thinkers of all faiths to contemplate them at length, and evaluate what personal values are embraced through voting for a specific candidate, and what it truly means to be a Democrat.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dennis Bonnette on October 17, 2006
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Today many people realize that primary political advocacy for abortion, the homosexual agenda, and the secular side of the Culture War is found in the ranks of the Democratic Party. David Carlin's excellent book explores and documents the historical, sociological, and philosophical developments which transformed the party of Andrew Johnson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt into its present day anti-Christian incarnation. Professor Carlin is uniquely positioned by birth, education, and life experience to write this significant analysis of political history. Born into an Irish Catholic working class Democratic family, he rose to high political office as majority leader of the Rhode Island State Senate. Presently, he is a professional sociologist and philosopher who has taught at the college level for the last two decades.

Unlike those critics outside the Democratic Party who so often attack its anti-Christian stances today, Senator (who is also Professor) Carlin approaches criticism of his beloved party much as a wounded lover who is betrayed by his beloved. Living through this transformation to secular values as a faithful member of the party himself, Carlin witnessed over several decades the ascendancy of moral liberalism as the Democratic Party's dominant force. With the keen analytic eye of a professional sociologist and philosopher, he discerns each step in this metamorphosis to secular values, lucidly explaining this historical evolution in terms of its sociological dimensions and the unfolding inner logic which inexorably dictated subsequent developments.

In the main body of the text, Carlin documents what the Democratic Party has become and why it is now utterly irreconcilable with the traditional Christianity.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By roger williams on October 25, 2006
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This book, written by a 68-year-old Rhode Island politician who has been a lifelong Democrat, should be a wake-up call to the leadership of the national Democratic Party. Unfortunately for the party, those leaders who most need to read the book are the people least likely to do so. Their minds are closed.

The book explains, in a brief and easy-to-read manner, what should be obvious -- but apparently isn't -- to leaders of the party. The Democratic Party is losing the support of church-going traditional Catholics, just as it earlier lost the support of church-going traditional Protestants. Why? Because it has taken money, lots of it (it's needed for TV advertising), from what the author calls "affluent secularists," i.e., well-to-do cultural liberals who are strongly hostile to traditional Christianity and its moral code, especially its code of sexual morality. As everyone knows, he who pays the piper calls the tune.

This political alliance with America's anti-Christian forces might be a smart idea if the US were an anti-Christian nation. But since it isn't that kind of nation, it is an alliance that has produced a string of electoral defeats for the Democrats. Oh, we Dems may get lucky and win control, or at least partial control, of Congress in November of 2006, but this will do little to alter the party's long-term downhill slide.

Strongly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 13, 2012
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Needless to say today's national Democratic party bears precious little resemblance to the political party that our parents and grandparents were so loyal to. In years gone by the Democratic party stood up for the interests of the "little" guy in the never-ending tug-of-war between management and labor and the big money interests versus working men and women. Then in the 1960's Democrats were instrumental in passing the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed major forms of discrimination against African Americans and women, including racial segregation. But according to author David Carlin the focus and priorities of the Democratic party began to shift dramatically in the late 1960's. A new, more radical breed of ideologically driven Democrat began to exert their influence in the party. These folks were in favor of abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, euthanasia and radical feminism. Mr. Carlin deeply laments what has become of his beloved Democratic Party and as a practicing Catholic is having an increasingly difficult time remaining in the party. His 2005 book "Can A Catholic Be A Democrat: How The Party I Loved Became The Enemy of My Religion" explores the increasing schism between the two entities. This is essential reading for practicing Catholics who must ponder which worldview is more important to them. Sooner or later they are going to have to choose sides.

As a practicing Catholic myself I must wholeheartedly agree with a couple of key observations made by David Carlin in this book. First of all, as is the case with so many organizations the Catholic Church pretends to represent a whole lot more people than they actually do. Many of the people who call themselves Catholic rarely if ever attend Mass and are for the most part Catholics in name only.
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