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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895261111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895261113
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They may not get thrown to the lions any more, but today's Christians endure subtler forms of martyrdom, argues this strident manifesto. Limbaugh (Absolute Power: The Legacy of Corruption in the Clinton-Reno Justice Department) recites a litany of abuses and insults perpetrated, he claims, by separation-of-church-and-state absolutists and the forces of secular humanism. Most of them are familiar complaints of the Christian Right: school children are forbidden to pray before football games; nativity scenes are banned from municipal property; the media ridicule Christian politicians, and Hollywood caricatures Christians as Bible-thumping yahoos or axe-wielding fanatics. At universities where Darwinism, relativism and "sexuality studies" hold sway, Limbaugh says, vocal Christians get packed off to the psych ward. Most insidiously, Christians are continually subjected to sensitivity training-which often promotes a "homosexual agenda"-and silenced when they object. Many of the cases Limbaugh cites raise legitimate questions about society's hypersensitivity to religious expression (although the really serious abuses were often remedied after the inevitable lawsuit). Unfortunately, he tends to equate political controversy with religious bigotry, and Christianity with fundamentalism. Many of the issues he cites, like Democratic opposition to pro-life judicial nominees, or laws requiring Catholic employers to cover contraceptives in health insurance, amount to political disputes pitting conservatives like Limbaugh against liberals, feminists, gays or users of contraceptives, with Christians ranged on both sides. Limbaugh has a point: there are anti-Christian tendencies-rigid school bureaucrats, militant atheists and an often profane and irreligious popular culture-in American society. But there are plenty of pro-Christian tendencies too, such that Limbaugh's persecution complex seems overblown.
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David Limbaugh is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Absolute Power, and a nationally syndicated columnist and political commentator.

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98 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on July 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
David Limbaugh, younger brother of Rush Limbaugh, is a conservative columnist and occasional author who has written a few books about conservative thought and practice. In this book, Limbaugh presents some arguments explaining why he feels that the liberal establishment is waging war against Christians and Christianity.
Limbaugh composed this book as part history lesson and part modern- day political guide. He talks about the educational system in the United States, pointing out that the Bible was once the center of schooling for all youngsters. Today, teachers are forbidden from leading students in prayer or from promoting Biblical passages in the classroom. Public displays of religious symbols on government property were once the
norm. Today, they have been ruled unconstitutional by the "liberal" judicial system. He talks about speech codes, political correctness, and other changes that he feels have been made for the worst in the past fifty or so years.
I can agree with some of the complaints that Limbaugh has with the American system. It is true that, in many cases, political correctness has gone way too far. It is also true that Christians as a group are often singled out for harassment. I don't agree that they are being "persecuted", because there hasn't been any bloodshed or physical pain endured. But it is true that Christians as a whole have been targeted for personal attacks.
One problem I have with this book is its explanations regarding America's foundation and constitutional laws. Limbaugh correctly points out that most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and most of the population in general back in the late 1700's was Christian.
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67 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It's interesting that the individual from Oregon stated, "After all the misery and torture Christians have dished out over the past 2000 years, I would expect at the very least that those same children be sent to gas chambers for their beliefs before anyone dare write a book about how Christians are persecuted." This is an incredibly asinine statement...go checkout Stalin and numerous other individuals who have killed millions and was an Atheist. Second, Limbaugh provides an interesting viewpoint on this whole debate. We live in a country where the ten commandments have been removed from a court house...but, they allow statues of Athena (a pagan god)...within our libraries. But, we can't have the ten commandments within a courthouse even though our legal system is based upon them. Also, go check out the trim on the Supreme Court...Moses holding the ten commandments. What are they going to do next...chisel it off?
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48 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Bob on November 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
David Limbaugh's "Persecution" forces us to look squarely up the trunk of the elephant in the liberal living room: the "secret" that the modern-day heirs of a political tradition built on fighting for justice, tolerance, and freedom have become some of the most unjust, intolerant oppressors in recent American history, at least where Christianity is concerned. Limbaugh documents case after case of religious discrimination perpretrated by liberals against Christians, all in the name of tolerance and open mindedness.
We might expect a book entitled "Persecution" to be only another mindless rant from a stereotypical uneducated fundamentalist. But this is not the case here. Limbaugh does veer into the territory of diatribe every so often, but the bulk of his book is a series of carefully documented incidents of liberals denying Christians opportunities in employment, education, and even freedom of speech. Opening up "Persecution" to a random page, we find successful college football coach Ron Brown denied a head coaching position because of his religious beliefs. Turn a few more pages and we find a public office in Dade County Florida having Hannukah and Kwanzaa displays set up during the Christmas holiday season, but prohibiting a nativity scene. One more turn and we find a town in California ordering a church to take down a banner advertising summer vacation Bible school, while other organizations had banners on display throught the town. I just grabbed these cases at random from the book. You will also find cases of Christians being fired and sued for things like wearing crosses or keeping a Bible on their work desk.
Limbaugh details discriminations that Christians have faced in public schools, universities, government, industry, and in the media and entertainment industries.
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84 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Steve Schinnerer on September 23, 2003
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From the instant I opened the front cover my breath was taken away by the precise and thorough research put into this book. Limbaugh has assembled one of the best books of our time. Being a minister I was both outraged (because of the hypocrisy of the liberal agenda) and comforted (because there are obviously many people as concerned about this hypocrisy as I am). I am one Christian who has never been afraid to stand up for what is right, but now, more than ever, there is a fire inside of me that wants to make sure that my liberties are never put into any more jepordy than they already are. This is a must read for everyone concerned with the moral decline of our nation. A+ work Limbaugh and thank you for this most needed warning.
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