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Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History, Vol. 1 Paperback – August 10, 2006
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There has been a series of revisionist "history" books published since the end of WWII which give a "Christian" version of American history that attempts to paint the Founding Fathers and subsequent American culture in a way that is in agreement with contemporary Fundamentalism. We have now had a couple of generations of conservative Christians who have been buying into this version of history and reacting angrily to an America that assumes fundamental principals like the separation of church and state to be at the core of what America stands for.
Author Rodda systematically lists and then busts a series of myths that these spurious history books have generated. She leaves no stone unturned in doing so.
Things get really scary when she starts quoting Supreme Court opinions written by Rennquist, Thomas and Burger, and it becomes apparent that members of our highest court do not know the difference between real history and Fundamentalist wishful thinking.
The book is a fascinating study in how the desire for a different set of facts can, over time, morph into an alternative if deluded "reality".
Anyone who has even casually studied Christianists can easily come up with a list of defining attributes, one being they all in some combination develop, promote, or believe in a false history of our nation's founding and the character of our founding framers, again with the exception of a few Christian reconstructionists, who advocate we peacefully overturn our Constitution and install a fascist, theocratic state. This revisionist effort is so pervasive within this movement many even home-school their children to deprive them of an accurate rendering of American history; along with the promotion of religious notions as superior explanations describing nature at the expense of scientific understandings.
Why? With the exception of a tiny percentage of far-left fringe groups, most Americans look to our founding as a great moment in history where principles and ideals worthy of defense were ratified in our beloved U.S. Constitution.Read more ›
As an Episcopalian, I was quite shocked to learn that the Liars for Jesus have stolen words out of my own Book of Common Prayer to further their questionable agenda.
Those liars do great damage to our religious freedom, a freedom that generations upon generations have fought and died to protect.
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Chris Rodda exposes liars with clear and irrefutable facts and documents those with evidence to back it up, exposing liars like Barton who puts out a lie then after being exposed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chriss R Miller
This book is not a light read but it is very understandable and very factual in its deconstruction of Christian nation apologists, especially David Barton who is not a historian as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by katvilani
It is not the book I thought it was. My fault. But, I gave it to a friend and he is reading it DAILY! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brent Kincaid
Chris Rodda has an agenda . She is the Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) Freedom From Religion ?? ... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Snowbaby Katz
This book is full of lovely facts but is as dry as a bone. I couldn't make it through the whole book.Published 11 months ago by Cristy L. Comstock
A solid resource for deep analysis, but needs short bullet points for quick overview. Overall, a good beginning that focuses on how the Christian Right truly distorts truth.Published 12 months ago by Linda F Meyer Abbott
WOW...these Christian Fundamentalist Dominionists and Reconstructionists are downright scary!!! They want to make AMERICA, which has always had a pluralistic NON-religious... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Harvey
Don't get me wrong, I'm on the author's side and I think there is an interesting book that can be written on this topic. The chapters are just an absolutely chore to get through. Read morePublished 15 months ago by James Pedersen
This is a great take down of David Barton's "unusual" take on American History. Very well researched and documented! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Andy Wangstad