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on July 6, 2016
Thank you for publishing this! At least the information is out there :-) This work helped me understand I was not the only one that sees this issue!
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on March 21, 2016
This book presents the dangers of the the Christian right to are precious liberal democracy. Not only that, but its danger to those individuals that the group opposes. These include women, childen, LGBT individuals, and family planning and abortion providers. From the outlook of the book the religious fundamentlists are just plain corrosive on society, which I firmly agree with. In my opinion it is not only the fundamentalist brand of religion that has this effect but most of religion in itself.

I found the quality of the contributers in this collection to be be very good. It is clear and informative, helping to increase one's understanding of the issues. Kimberly Blaker did a very good job assembling this collection. It covers a great many of the issues that the involve the Christian Right.

It is quite scary to see what the fundamentalists are up to in politics, education, and discrimination. In politics some fundamentalist are working hard to turn America into a theocracy. Some would ditch the Constitution, others would be happy to see the First Amendment go away. These fundamentalists would enact draconian criminal laws, similar to the Muslim Sharia. In education fundamentalist work to do away with public education, partially through vouchers. They also would see that creationism be taught instead of evolution,and include school prayer and other religious activities in education. Finally, they discriminate against women and children. Women are and continue to be limited in their activities: no schooling after high school (a religious school, of course), practically doomed to slavery in the house, abusive relationships (first fathers and other relatives, then by husbands), and little access to health care, including reproductive health. Childen face the rod as the major form of disciplinary action, which borders on and/or leads to abuse, limited eduction and hence job or career opportunities, and psychological issues.

The book is very good. I favor the book for everyone. For those with no exposure to the problems and issues in the book, those who would like to deepen their understanding, and fundamentalists themselves, especially those who think their way of life is benign.
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on August 6, 2015
1) No functioning table of contents. A book this long needs one! 2) Out of date - George W Bush is the referred-to president, obviously no reference to the Supreme Court decisions of the summer of 2015 to be found here, or of a different president and the reactions of the subjects of this book to these events & their behavior leading up to that point. At least the authors refer to the Murrah Building bombers as terrorists...
(Pretty much every book on this subject is out of date as of 6-26-2015 because of the SCOTUS decision about "same-sex marriage".)
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on July 27, 2015
GREAT BOOK, should be required reading for every one
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on May 7, 2015
Great read.. Important subject for those living in modern day America.
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on December 7, 2014
Dull,, dull, dull...I had to finally put it down and walk away.
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on November 2, 2014
This is a great read if you believe that the Religious right in this country has gone to far with their influence in our govt.
I am a firm believer of the Separation of Church of State, So this book showed ,me how the religious right want to legislate morality.
This book also spends a chapter on how the first amendment was really intended to keep religion separate from our government.
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on September 7, 2014
One of the most frightening books ever written about the effects of religion on the American society.
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on April 22, 2014
You'll see a lot of bad reviews from the brainwashed Fundamentals, but, having read quite a few books on this subject, I have to say this is one of the best. And I didn't have to look up any words, as opposed to reading Sam Harris or Christopher Hitchens. Everything was defined and spelled out. If there's one thing any reasonable freethinker can take away from this book, it's that if you want to do something right away, it couldn't be simpler, and this comes from a lifelong Republican--vote Democrat up and down the ballot. That way you can be sure you won't be getting a "stealth" Fundamentalist. How many Dems do you know who are anti-abortion, anti-evolution, anti-female or anti-public education? A simple action that requires very little thought, but which is bound to cast a strike against those who would overturn our republic. This is an inspiring book that is about the greatest threat to America: Christian Fundamentalism.
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on January 9, 2014
An interesting perspective and thought provoking. It certainly made me think about the potential for far reaching consequences if the subject is not studied by the powers that be.
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