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Secular Sabotage: How Liberals Are Destroying Religion and Culture in America Hardcover – September 2, 2009

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William Donohue has been the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights since 1993. Founded in 1973, the League works to safeguard both the religious freedom and free speech of Catholics in America. Trained as an educator, he began his teaching career at St. Lucy's School in New York's Spanish Harlem and went on to teach sociology at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University.

He serves on many boards, including the Washington Legal Foundation, the Jewish Action Alliance, Ave Maria Institute and the Christian Film & Television commission.

Dr. Donohue lives on Long Island, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (September 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446547212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446547215
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There's no question that secularists hate the Catholic church. Their attacks have been growing in intensity over the last century. This coming Christmas season, New York schools are allowed to display menorahs and star and crescents, but never, ever, nativity scenes.

Donohue, with a kind of gloomy relish, goes through the long list of outrages over the last few decades, and boy, does he have evidence. For example, there is the 'art' displayed in our museums, which includes such masterpieces as Saatchi's painting of the Virgin Mary "that was laced with elephant dung and spotted with pictures of vaginas and anuses" (p 64). If a Jewish rabbi had been portrayed like that, or Mohammad, imagine the outrage.

But the secularists, not to mention the ACLU, seem unable to see the paradox. When Catholic bishops threaten to withhold the Eucharist from pro-abortion politician, secularists everywhere are furious. Funny how they supported the idea when Archbishop Rummel "was busy excommunicating...Catholic politicians for their pro-segregation" (p 162) policies.

And who can forget such delights as Disney's film 'Priest' a vicious attack on the church which portrayed priests as drunks, wicked, or madmen. Oh yes, and the kindly Disney executives chose to open the film on Good Friday, the holiest day of the year for Catholics.

It's not as if the American people don't realize what's happening. Donohue states that "In 2008, a poll...found that 61% of Americans say they believe 'Religious values are under attack in this country' (p 19). The real question is whether those who disagreed with the statement have watched any movies or TV in the last twenty years.

The hatred of the Catholic church is intense.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Winston D. Jen on April 24, 2011
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I usually try to listen to audiobooks at least twice before making my opinion public. I am proud to say that I have indeed done so in this case. Kudos to Bill for seeing fit to grace us with a detailed dissertation in an interview. I found it quite enlightening. :)

Bill Donohue, an unabashed right-wing, Catholic ideologue, opens with headlines that are designed to make almost anyone cringe, but which upon further investigation reveal a diatribe reminiscent of a child's conniption fit.

Very early on, Bill claims that diversity and inclusion are mutually exclusive; that diversity necessarily precludes inclusion. Nonsense! Inclusion requires nothing more than mutual respect for all of society's members. He seems to love repeating Dinesh D'Souza's tired, mendacious claims that the great men, the literal saints that founded the US, wanted to found a Christian nation. Wrong again. Read the personal writings of the Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and George Washington if you still believe or insist on claiming that the United States should have religion dictating what its 300 million plus citizens should do. Not only would this be a logistical nightmare (Catholics vs Protestants, Puritans vs Calvinists vs everyone else), but it would relegate anyone not glib, rich or organized to second-class citizenship. Christian values, unless subject to cherry-picking, would lead to inter-sect violence and chaos.

Donahue also trots out the tired old canard about objective morality. According to Donahue (and WLC, Ravi Zacharias et al), objective morality cannot exist without god. What they fail to realize is the false dichotomy (one of a few in this book) inherent in this statement.
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23 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Connolly on October 24, 2009
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As we learn in this outstanding though disturbing book, when Pope John XXIII decided in the early 1960s to open the Catholic Church's windows to the modern world, little did he know that, as George Weigel puts it, he was opening these windows "just as the modern western world was barreling into a dark tunnel full of poisonous fumes" that included the toxins Dr. Donohue terms "radical individualism and a celebration of narcissism."

The author chronicles the ensuing devastation that resulted in a growing 45-year-old assault by nihilists, relativists and liberals out to destroy religion (especially the Catholic Church) and a culture of decency in America.

The author is a scholar who meticulously references his facts. Some of the most astounding things one learns are the extent to which this sabotage against the Catholic Church has been vigorously promoted by some affiliated with the Church (members, nuns, ordained clergy), government officials, demented academics who should know better, lawyers who pervert the law and the Constitution to advance their own sordid agendas, the art community, and Hollywood elites who cannot even fathom that transcendent truths and sexual morality exist.

We learn of the resulting decimation of mainline Protestantism to near irrelevancy due to its eagerness to accommodate itself to modernity's long-term love affair with uncertainty and equivocation. Not surprising, the fastest growing groups of Christians are Evangelicals and those remaining orthodox, weary of decades of absurdities challenging the fundamentals of Christianity that were essentially settled 1,500 years ago. Despite their differences, loyal Catholics, Evangelicals, and fundamentalists have more in common today than ever in their united effort to stop this madness.
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