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)
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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)