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"Teflon televangelist" Pat Robertson, target of liberal ridicule, nevertheless has the Republican Party in a headlock, argues the author of this screed. Boston, a staffer at Americans United for Separation of Church and State and an editor at Church and State magazine, has set out to prove that Robertson remains both powerful and dangerous, despite his defeat in the 1988 Republican presidential primary and his apparent retreat from politics to make way for such younger religious-right leaders as Christian Coalition executive director Ralph Reed. Boston largely succeeds at this task, citing extreme Robertson statements along with evidence of campaign-law violations and shady business deals, to create a portrait of a man who holds views on a par with the wildest conspiracy theories of Louis Farrakhan, yet whose power to deliver votes prevents GOP leaders from criticizing him. Boston's writing is energetic, clear and laced with humor-although he sometimes engages in rhetorical overkill rather than let the evidence of Robertson's extremism speak for itself. Faced with a Robertson gem like "What is Hinduism but devil worship, ultimately?" who in Boston's audience really needs him to point out that Hinduism "most assuredly does not advocate worship of Satan"?
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Boston, affiliated with American United for Separation of Church and State, makes no attempt to conceal his animus toward Robertson and the Christian Coalition. He believes that Robertson has rebounded from his unsuccessful 1988 presidential bid and the concurrent TV evangelist scandals to an even more influential position than before. He portrays Robertson as two-faced, presenting himself as reasonable and moderate to the general media but making demagogic statements in his 700 Club broadcasts and books, which the secular media ignore. Boston diligently surveyed the broadcasts and literature, documenting numerous contradictions in Robertson's positions in the two forums. He also surveys the Christian Coalition's impact on the 1994 elections, with dire predictions for 1996. Only time will tell as to the accuracy of these predictions. For both lay and informed readers.?Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., Cal.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573920533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573920537
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The majority of the groups follower!
Bryan Carey
He belongs to some perverted cult religion that worships a very narrow, vindictive and evil god that kills innocent children.
john robinson
It will scare you, it will make you laugh (how could these people actually exist you'll think), it may make you cry.
Eric Breitenstein

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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jon on June 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book brought my worst fears about this sick freak to light. It exposes the hypocrisy, intolerance, rhetoric, and just plain evil inherent in this pathetic excuse for a human being.
Boston's book is well written, and every piece of evidence he provides against Robertson is properly cited. It plainly outlines his goals for America, which include the overturning of vital court descisions like Roe vs. Wade and the 1962 school prayer descision. His main goal, however, is turning this great and free land of ours into a fundamentalist theocracy where most of the freedoms that we take for granted would be nothing more than memories. Robertson has come frighteningly close to realizing these goals. With the political juggernaut that is the "Christian" Coalition, he has been able to become a very powerful behind-the-scenes figure for the GOP and has the abilites to make or break candidates at many levels. All it would take is one or two new radical right-wing justices on the Supreme Court and you can kiss the wall between church and state goodbye.
This man must be stopped. Whether he thinks he is a "Man of God" or not, his goals and views are downright dangerous to this nation and to every person living in it. Do you like the fact that your kids can go to school and not be forced to pray to a God they might not believe in? Do you like the fact you are allowed to practice any religion you see fit without fear of persecution? Do you women who have had abortions appreciate the fact that it was none of the goverment's business? I hope so. Because if this man gets into power, none of freedoms will exist anymore.
Read this book. It is informative, to the point, and peels back the facade of that smiling face which conceals one of the greatest threats to our way of life.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1999
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Having spent most of my life in Virginia Beach, and having seen Pat Robertson himself dining at the most expensive restaurants in town on several occasions, I am fully aware of his hypocritical tactics at gaining political control of our nation. For the reviewer who commented about Pat's miraculous ability in "turning" the hurricane from Virginia Beach, I would also like to add Pat's comment regarding the gay-pride flags at Disney's Gay Days: "I wouldn't be waving those flags in God's face if I were you." Pat's claims are outrageous, his statements ridiculous, and his general outlook anti-humanity. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone wanting to know the truth about this greedy, self-serving "man of God".
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2001
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Pat Robertson remains one of the most important figures in the Republican party. Because this is so, Robert Boston's expose of Robertson and his multifaceted empire is must reading for anyone who aspires to political literacy in the the U.S. It is a logical companion work to Frederick Clarkson's Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy, which sets Robertson and his Christian Coalition in a wider context. Clarkson wrote the original expose of the Christian Coaltion in Church & State magazine, where Boston is an editor. Together thier work makes a powerful case that Robertson and the movement he epitomises is seriously erroding the consitutional separation of church and state. The result, they make clear, will be intereligious conflict as has never been seen on this continent.
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45 of 60 people found the following review helpful By C. Brennan on January 26, 2000
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Boston's expose of Pat Robertson, his billion-dollar, multi-media empire and international business interests stands alone as an indictment of Robertson as an evangelist. That Robertson is actually a politician in clerical guise makes him all the more nefarious. Make no mistake: the Christian Coalition is waging a grass-roots war against common American citizens, charging that any who do not believe as they do (e.g., Fundamentalist Christian conservatives), are essentially enemies of the state. As we approach the Presidential elections this year, it becomes more evident the stranglehold this faction has on American politics. This book is a must-read for anyone who thinks they "know" what the Religious Right is after: it's a huge wake-up call. Robertson must be shown to the American public as the danger to freedom he truly is.
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34 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2000
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This book has confirmed my worst fears about the likes of Pat Roberston and the "Christian Coalition". This book exposes the madness of Robertson, and his ploys and tactics to establish a theocratic nation where everyone and anyone who is not a "Christian" is the scum of the earth. While Robertson may appear to have good intentions and only wanting the best for all of us, he seems to have forgotten one crucial point: America is not-AND SHOULD NOT BE- a theocracy.
I have always had my doubts regarding these "Men of God", but really had no idea just how dangerous and clever they really are. Our constitutional rights are about to be lost forever. What Robertson really has in mind is to become President and turn us into a "Holy Nation". His plots and schemes are similiar to the Roman Catholic Church's "One-World Religion" plan, in which they want absolute and total control over all matters of faith and morals. Folks, after reading this one, you'll wonder how this guy can sleep at night. Dangerous or perhaps even crazy? YOU BET! Read it and shudder as to what may lie ahead. A solid 5 star rating.
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