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The Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America Paperback – February 1, 2003
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"I have just read this brilliant book . . . almost without a break, and I am stunned and horrified . . . ." -- Richard Dawkins, Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, author of Unweaving the Rainbow
"In other words, this book is a "must read" volume." -- Gerald A. Larue, Emeritus Professor and Religion Adjunct Professor at University of Southern California, author of Playing God: Deciding Your Life and Death
"a blockbuster exposé of the activities of the Religious Right. . . . This is . . . a thorough analysis of a present crisis." -- John Shelby Spong, best-selling author of Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism
"an especially important book for all who care about the rights and well-being of women and children." -- Nadine Strossen, President of American Civil Liberties Union, Professor of Law, New York Law School
"the most careful and devastating evaluation of the impact of fundamentalism . . . ever produced in the United States. . . ." -- John M. Swomley, Emeritus Professor of Social Ethics, Saint Paul School of Theology, author of Liberation Ethics
This book is an encyclopedic indictment of the extreme Christian right, but . . . can be applied to any extremist belief system. -- Cultic Studies Review, Frank MacHovec
This book's authority hinges on meticulous documentation of a slow but tangible national shift... to an unabashedly apostolic theocracy. -- San Antonio Current, Review by Anjali Gupta
[The Fundamentals] is filled with astonishing citations that demonstrate the virulence of the Christian fundamentalists and... their agenda. -- Swans, Review by Gilles d'Aymery --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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On September 11, 2001, Americans witnessed horrific carnage inspired by religious extremism. We saw that religious fundamentalists will stop at nothing to reign terror on those they regard as their enemies. In our response, we began to focus on the oppressive treatment of women and children in other parts of the world where religious fundamentalism rules.
Yet, even now, most Americans fail to realize the magnitude of problems posed by our own countrys Christian fundamentalism and Religious Right. We regard such dogmatism as odd but non-threatening. We reason, "Why should we be concerned, so long as it doesnt affect us?"
But the problem does affect all of us. It affects those women and children in fundamentalist Christian homes who suffer severe emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. It affects minorities, particularly African-Americans, and gays and lesbians.
Equally disconcerting, the problem affects adherents of non-fundamentalist faiths and those with no religious beliefs who are prime targets of fundamentalists prejudicial attitudes. To the Christian Right in America, even mainstream Christians whose tenets differ from those of conservative Christianity are violators of the will of God and must reform. American Christian fundamentalists are working to change laws of our land and thus force all Americans to conform to strict religious ideologies.
Kimberly Blakers The Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America is not just another book on the Religious Right. John Shelby Spong, best-selling author of Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism calls Blakers book "a thorough analysis of a present crisis." In this stark and troubling account of the Religious Rights vision for America, readers will come face-to-face with fundamentalist goals and tactics that have long been under way.
Blakers carefully documented and compelling narrative exposes the full spectrum of issues on the Christian fundamentalist agenda. Rarely have these issues been examined so thoroughly; at least one has never been examined and exposed nationally.
This absorbing exposé urges mainstream Americans to recognize and oppose the encroachment of Christian fundamentalism on our secular society. It is a stirring appeal for religious freedom and the protection of civil liberties for allincluding for the extremists who would deny such rights to others. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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While the previous 9 of 10 reviewers have adequately described and rated this book, I must point out that the latest review is an accurate illustration of the mindset explained by the authors of The Fundamentals of Extremism: reactionary, single-minded, and utterly unwilling to accept opposing viewpoints.
If this book displays "extremism" of any type, it is the extreme fairness of Blaker's objective criticism, in which she and her co-contributors continually point out that not all fundamentalists are not extremists. The Fundamentals of Extremism does focus, however, on the true extremists of the Christian Right and their theocratic agenda, which is without a doubt, UN-American.
But naturally, the reactionary types who write trashing reviews of books they haven't read would not know this.
A specialist in legal psychiatry, John M. Suarez,M.D outlines the increased number of attacks on the First Amendment in "The Path to Theocracy." He describes how the First Amendment has saved us from religious war so far and how the most militant forces call openly for war.
The chapter "Inerrancy Turned Political" comes from Herb Silverman, Ph.D., a mathematician who forced the state of South Carolina to make him a notary public despite the fact that he refused to declare a belief in a Supreme Being. Silverman exposes tactics used by the religious right to gain political influence and the damage their victories bring to our public school system. He presents an alarming expose' of the Reconstructionist camp of Christian fundamentalists as he outlines the work of the moral Majority, Christian Coalition, and Catholic League, particularly their grip on the Republican Party.
Edward M. Buckner, Ph.D., executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, in his chapter, "Winning the Battle Royal," reminds us that "the United States established the first significant secular government designed to lead the first truly secular society in history," and argues that only such a society can offer true religious freedom. As he points out the similarities between Islamic and Christian fundamentalism, Buckner explains why fundamentalism is so dangerous and why we must maintain the secular nature of our Constitution and government.
These essays are well researched and much of the information comes straight from the Religious Right themselves.
I mean listen to one of the quotations that was in the book .. right from the horses mouth:
"I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good ... if a Christian voted for Clinton, he sinned against God. It's that simple. Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country..."
RANDALL TERRY- FOunder of Operation Rescue and Terri Schaivo advocate
How can anyone say that this book is a Left Wing Hate book when the Christian Right themselves are so hateful?
I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting more information about this movement.
Another excellent book that was recently produced by Edwin Kagin, one of the authors of book. BAUBLES OF BLASPHEMY