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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742552527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742552524
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The polarization of America continues unabated, according to South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint and Clemson University political science professor J. David Woodard, not (necessarily) between Democrats and Republicans, but between secularists and traditionalists. The authors' categories are broad and their terms stigmatizing, but the distinction is immediately apparent, and their intent is specific: to expose left-leaning bias in the "value-free" rulings supported by morally relativistic secularists in legislation, court cases and the mainstream media. Referencing numerous hot-button issues-gay marriage, divorce, cohabitation, abortion, pornography and gambling among them-the authors review in fine detail a number of arguments (many familiar) about the societal and economical damage suffered by an America rapidly replacing foundational virtues with unstable secularist values. This call to action is full of information, and makes some strong points-particularly in explaining how government, and particularly the legal sector, is inherently engaged with morals-but the defensive tone can grow wearying.
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Why We Whisper by Senator DeMint and Dr. Woodard is a hard-hitting, even disturbing, chronicle of the current state of our nation. It is a must read for anyone who has the courage to know the truth. It is my hope that we will be able to implement the positive steps they have outlined to return our nation to the place where people of all mindsets and cultures are allowed to speak the truth. (Frank S. Page, President, Southern Baptist Convention)

In this important and timely book, DeMint and Woodard connect much of our cultural decline with attacks on free speech. The good news is they propose many sound solutions. (William J. Bennett, fellow, The Claremont Institute)

As one whose career is rooted in the 1st Amendment, I know how government imposition can strip Americans of our precious freedom of speech. Big government liberalism and a decline in our culture must be stopped. For ammunition in the fight ahead, read Why We Whisper. (Rush Limbaugh)

Our republican form of government depends on a robust exchange of ideas. Liberals and conservatives alike have a stake in keeping that exchange both vigorous and free. Senator Jim DeMint and J. David Woodard boldly challenge the politically correct tendency to restrict speech just where and when we need it most. Why We Whisper is a clarion call to exercise our First Freedoms in a time of moral confusion. (Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council)

Jim DeMint has proven himself not only an able senator, but a thinking senator. His book, written with David Woodard, exposes the great cultural divide in America today in a winsome way, and offers some very refreshing and constructive suggestions for Christians and right-thinking citizens to restore truth and balance to a culture nearly out of control. Jim DeMint and David Woodard have made an excellent contribution to the debate of today's great issues. (Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship)

DeMint and Woodard begin "Why We Whisper: Restoring Out Right to Say It's Wrong" by relating their personal experiences of taking unpopular or unfashionable stands on social issues, and then they argue that deteriorating moral standards will lead to a decline in this country's culture. The book serves as a sort of call to arms for conservatives to raise voices that the authors say have been reduced to a whisper. DeMint and Woodard take on issues including same-sex marriage, out-of-wedlock births, premarital and extramarital sex, pornography and gambling, often using the language of the Constitution and the words of the Founding Fathers to demonstrate that strong moral character is essential to the country's well-being....The authors present arguments based on the importance of a solid moral structure as well as a look at the long-term economic problems these issues raise. (7/29/08 Roll Call)

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By David M. Mcgrew on February 12, 2008
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If you have a curiosity, an open mind, and a thirst for full and honest debate on the direction of American society, this is a thoughtful book you must read. It provides a quantitative understanding of the pervasive ability of legislatures and courts to negatively impact public behavior through public policy.

This book is a well written explanation of traditionalism and the role of traditionalism in shaping our nation's history. It chronicles how our founding fathers and the founding documents all relied heavily on the strong underpinnings of religous moral authority to shape our free society. This moral underpinning allowed the people to rule government instead of government ruling the people. It reminds us that religion played a major role in societal change. Religion gave the Reverend Martin Luther King the moral authority to lead Americans to demand an end to segregation.

The book clearly documents how secular progressive have systematically eliminated these underpinnings and reshaped society in their secular image. The result has been negative consequences for individuals, groups and society as a whole. It documents how they have stiffled the free speech of those who believe that the moral underpinnings of religion should play a role in public policy debate.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steven D. Smith on May 28, 2008
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"Why We Whisper" is a well researched compilation of ideas and beliefs that led America to stray from the Foundation of American Government. This book will educate and enlighten Republicans, Democrats, and those looking for supported answers to the moral decay of our society. I cannot believe a Jim Demint is a politician - he sounds to honest.
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26 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Irish Rose on March 7, 2008
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The "opinion" by jg "saved" (maryland), as to why we should not buy this book, incorporates all the reasons the Marxists wish to silence us and stop us from even whispering. His Marxist view of God would force us to pay for his wish list of programs (his tithes, in his view), so he can feel like he did something for (he dared to say it) ---egad, be careful now---JESUS.

It seems to be the thing to do for Marxists to sit in their PJs in front of their PCs, bashing books that they have no intention of buying, so they can silence those for whom the Constitution gave the freedom of speech. This is why I am no longer one of them. The freedom of thought, speech, and disagreement is one of our most cherished rights, and they bend over backwards to silence all those with whom they disagree. Just for once, can any of you grow up and not review a book that you haven't read? Uhhhh yep, I thought not...
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25 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dominic on January 31, 2008
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A balanced, common sense, non-emotional, fact based book. A must read for anyone wishing to be properly informed.Why We Whisper: Restoring Our Right to Say It's Wrong
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald C. Cunningham on June 4, 2008
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One of the best reads of the year. Recommended by Rush. Helps understand our declining culture and the high cost of a liberal agenda. Well researched & presented. Huge collection of information makes for a fairly slow read, but most worthy. Would have preferred a few clear Biblical links, although the principles are clear. Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SC Pat on April 11, 2013
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We feel that this is a book every person in the US should read. It tells us why we are in this mess in our country!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bodybuilding Champion on February 23, 2013
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Don't be ashamed of good manners and Christian Values! The darkenss tries to hide the light. God-Family-Country is what made America GREAT!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Irwin on January 19, 2013
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Hey, it's our boy Jim. What else can I say? Start speaking up, Americans who still serve God and not themselves...
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