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Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy Paperback – February, 1997
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In this short and accessible work, Clarkson shows that there are important differences between conservatives who believe in constitutional democracy -- and the antidemocratic theocrats who advocate conservative social issues. The latter are all too often using issues like abortion and homosexuality for a broader purpose -- to destablize constitutional democracy. Real conservatives know the difference or ought to. So should everyone else. Practitioners of identity politics need to look beyond the blinders of such worthy concerns as race and gender and understand more clearly the nature of the threat. Whether you are a progressive engaged in issues of social justice, or a libertarian concerned about matters of personal liberty, the dangers of the Christian right will be more hair raisingly evident to you after reading this book than you might imagine.
Eternal Hostility should be on the required reading list of every American who still thinks religious and reproductive freedom, and constitutional democracy itself are worth preserving.
Have you ever heard a TV journalist use the word "theocracy" or "theocrat" when discussing the Christian Right? If they had read Eternal Hostility, they would know that the word theocrat is not an epithet, its a religious and political point of view held by many -- but certainly not all on the Christian Right.
Wouldn't it be helpful if Americans who think democracy and pluralism are good things, were informed that there are totalitarians in our midst and that they play important roles in influencing public life? Frederick Clarkson thinks so, and his very readable book is an excellent primer for the otherwise politically literate.
I was so glad to see that ABC's 20/20 recently had the good sense to feature his expertise in a segment about antiabortion terrorism. I hope we will hear more from him in the media.
I also I hope you will buy and read Eternal Hostility. If you do,you will never look at politics and political reporting the same way.
I only recently discovered this book. Its publication date (the soft cover edition anyway) is 1997--nearly a decade ago.
Reading some of the reviews that were written closer to the time of the book's publication, it's clear that Clarkson's analyses were deemed alarmist or overblown by some. This probably seemed somewhat reasonable given that at the time many print and TV commentators (not Clarkson, obviously) were declaring the demise of the Christian Right, and given that a center-left moderate was in The Oval Office.
However, since the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004 and the openly-declared efforts by Christian Right leaders and Republican elected officials to codify in law their vision of an essentially "Christian 'democracy,'" if you will (my term, not Clarkson's), and given the now more widely-understood influence of genuine theocrats, like R. J. Rushdoony, on neo-conservative and conservative thinkers like Paul Weyrich, Clarkson's book seems prescient.
Consider also the recent "Justice Sunday" event, at which any Americans--be they elected officals, judges, or private citizens--who support the continuation of the practice of filibusters in the U.S. Senate were brazenly branded "enemies" of "people of faith.Read more ›
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Clarkson's book is more timely now than ever, as evidenced by Frank Schaeffer's article,"Michele Bachmann Was Inspired By My Dad and His Christian Reconstructionist Friends --... Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by Roy W. Huffman Jr.
Clarkson is out of his mind, no serious evangelical leader is talking about a theocracy.Published on June 13, 2008 by V. Parks
For those who have not paid attention to the creeping desctruction of the American way of life by the religious right, this book will be an eye opener. Mr. Read morePublished on November 16, 2004 by M. Steiner
This is an excellent book for understanding the connections between religious beliefs, political action, church and state issues, and associated activites. Read morePublished on November 9, 2004 by L. Lindsay
Everyone should read this amazing book: those who report the news, those who listen to and read the news, commentators, talking heads, everyone.Published on November 9, 2004 by Phyllis Erwin
Poor Freddy Clarkson has let his hatred get in the way of scholarship and honest intellectual argument. Read morePublished on October 22, 2004 by ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen)
This is a pathetic example of propaganda produced by those with an agenda to foster fear and hostility against any religion that is not their own. Read morePublished on December 3, 2003 by Enigma
This is perhaps the best (and only) political book that I find interesting to read. It contained some brilliant anaylization of the hostility that exists for others from extreme... Read morePublished on April 25, 2003 by Zhivago