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Why the Christian Right Is Wrong: A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future Paperback – April 4, 2008
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Included in the book is the text from his now famous speech given in Norman, Oklahoma in 2004 in which the refrain (coyly addressed to President George W. Bush) "...you are doing something immoral" rained down on a crowd of University of Oklahoma students, faculty and others like wisdom in the form of manna from heaven. Professor and Pastor Meyers has a way with words, to put it mildly. That speech is one of the best I have ever heard (actually I didn't have the opportunity to hear it, but I read it). I believe that even Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. would be impressed.
Here's a bit of it:
"When you claim that Jesus is the Lord of your life and yet fail to acknowledge that your policies ignore his essential teaching or turn them on their head...you are doing something immoral.
When you act as if the lives of Iraqi civilians are not as important as the lives of American soldiers and refuse to even count them, you are doing something immoral.
When you find a way to avoid combat in Vietnam and then question the patriotism of someone who volunteered to fight and came home a hero, you are doing something immoral.
When you ignore the fundamental teachings of the Gospels, which say that the way the strong treat the weak is the ultimate ethical test, by giving tax breaks to the wealthiest among us so that the strong will get stronger and the weak will get weaker, you are doing something immoral.Read more ›
As a liberal and a Christian, it speaks words to my feelings about the hypocrisy of our government, and the books presents a compelling and full spectrum of information that should tug at the conscience of the true Christians in this country - conservative, liberal, or other. It serves as a reminder that "Republican" and "Christian" aren't necessarily the same thing, and that proclaimed "Christian" policies certainly don't reflect the message of a prophet who gave to the poor and pardoned the sinful. In fact, as Dr. Meyers points out, Jesus saved his white-hot anger for the sins of religious hypocrisy.
1)started a war on false pretenses and then acts as if they're doing God's will, while critics are either unpatriotic or lacking in faith,
2)arrogantly breaks the international rules for waging a just war that our nation helped establish,
3)claims Jesus is the Lord of his life, yet fails to acknowledge that his policies ignore Jesus' essential teachings,
4)found a way to avoid combat in Vietnam and then questions the patriotism of thos who did,
5)talk constantly about Jesus, healer of the sick, but do nothing to ensure that anyone who is sick can see a doctor,
6)dismantles countless environmental laws designed to protect the earth, God's gift to us.
Meyers goes on to expound on these points, with chapters titled "Christians Don't Start Wars - They Try to Stop Them," "Rich Chicken Hawks for Jesus," and "'Pro-life' Should Include Mother Nature."
The most startling chapter, however, has has more of a political than religious focus. Titled "Christian Fascism and the War on Reason" it includes 14 characteristics of fascism: 1)Powerful nationalism (we have knee-jerk patriotism), 2)disdain for recognition of human rights (eg. torture, long imprisonments), 3)identifying enemies and scapegoats as a unifying cause (eg.Read more ›
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Dr. Meyers is an outstanding theologian. Although the book was published in 2006; I firmly believe it is even more relevant today. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mildred B. Mullikin
This book is "spot on" in so many different ways. Conservatives won't like it because it presents uncomfortable, inconvenient realities but they have plenty of their own... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eddie Waddell
Boring, Boring, Boring. Use this book to prop your door open because that is all it is good for.Published 16 months ago by Sebastion Humble
A book that makes you think and look at things from a different perspective. Liked the footnotes that allowed you the information needed to check out the facts used in the book.Published 21 months ago by Virginia Crawford
Wonder why we have a capitol filled with religious nuts? You will find out when you read Robin Myers account of the far right's fundamentalist dogma and doctrines. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Wendell F. Wentz
Approaches topic from rational as well as theological viewpoint. Author is both a minister as well as
a Professor of logic. Wide range of topics with fresh insight on each. Read more
As a person raised in the Baptist church, I had become alienated from it and other organized religion because of the marriage of many of them with the right wing politicians. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Pia