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With God on Our Side: One Man's War Against an Evangelical Coup in America's Military Hardcover – October 3, 2006

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     "With God on Our Side is the story of one man's willingness to stand up for the Constitution of the United States. Arrayed against Mikey Weinstein are those who would transform the United States military, our most revered institution, into a force of evangelical crusaders, intolerant of the diversity of our society and willfully subversive of our national security interests. It is an important call to arms for all who love our country and the principles for which it stands."
     --Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, author of The Politics of Truth 
 
 
     "The extremists and the militants of the Muslim world would like us to believe that the world is embroiled in a cosmic battle between Christianity and Islam. Yet instead of debunking this twisted ideology, there are those in the armed forces who are legitimizing it with their fundamentalist indoctrination of our nation's troops. If the war on terrorism is a war of ideology, then Weinstein deserves a medal because his battle to put an end to the rampant Christian evangelism in the United States military is making the whole country safer."
     --Reza Aslan, author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
 
 
     "U.S. Air Force Academy graduate Mikey Weinstein's struggle to keep his beloved school--and the U.S. military--a secular institution has meaning for all of us. Wherever you are on America's religious and political spectrums, you'll find With God on Our Side a challenging and provocative read."
     --Ray Suarez, author of The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, and senior correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
 
 
     "No one I know is more willing than Mikey Weinstein to take on such a tough, unpopular issue that goes to the very heart of one of our nation's most important and long cherished principles. Read this book to understand why we should all share Mikey's concern."
     --Robert T. Herres, General, USAF (Retired), former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
 

     "Mikey Weinstein's stand against intolerance, intimidation, and inappropriate evangelism in the armed forces is a courageous defense of the principles on which our country was founded. Read this book and be enlightened and motivated to protect the ideals of our Founding Fathers."
     --Richard T. Schlosberg III, publisher and CEO (retired), Los Angeles Times
 

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One of the most elite educational institutions in the world, the Air Force Academy has, from its inception, attracted the best and the brightest, producing leaders not only in the military but throughout American society.
In recent years, however, the Academy has also been producing a cadre of zealous evangelical Christians intent on creating a fundamentalist power base at the highest levels of our country.
With God on Our Side is shocking exposé of life inside the United States Air Force Academy and the systematic program of indoctrination sanctioned, coordinated, and carried out by fundamentalist Christians within the U.S. military.
It is also the story of Michael L. Weinstein, a proud Academy graduate and the father of two graduates and a current cadet, who single-handedly brought to light the evangelicals' utter disregard of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state that is so essential to the nation's military mission. Weinstein's war would pit him and his small band of fellow graduates, cadets, and concerned citizens against a program of Christian fundamentalist indoctrination that could transform our fighting men and women into "right-thinking" warriors more befitting a theocracy. In the process, he would come face to face with religious bigotry and at its most extreme and fight an unrelenting battle to save his beloved Academy, the ideals it stood for, and the very future of the country.
An important book at a critical time in our nation's history, With God on Our Side is the story of one man's courageous struggle to thwart a creeping evangelism permeating America's military and to prevent a taxpayer-funded theocracy in which only the true believers have power.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312361432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312361433
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,369,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With God on our side" by Michael L Weinstein and David Seay. Hardcover. Even despite the fact I pick up on a certain amount of excessive pride in the author's Jewish heritage. Everyone is entitled to have pride in their heritage. The book centers on excessive Evangelical activity in one of our nation's most prestigious institutions that should be free of any one religion. Unfortunately enough, it isn't only the Air Force Academy this excessive religious activity is taking place at. I have read about it taking place throughout the military which is frightening. It only leaves one to wonder who these individual's we are trusting our freedom to are actually loyal to the US Constitution ...or their mythical God. Which they actually place first? It should be the constitution and if they can't place that first, they should not even be in the military. That is frightening thought an army of religious zealots representing what is supposed to be a diverse and secular country. That is why a clear Separation of Church and State is so critically important and essential in all branches of the military, in all of our elected officials, as well our government. They represent us as a nation, not just one small faction of it. We are a secular country whether they like it or not. If they aren't able to accept that fact, they should be relieved of duty. Unfortunately enough, I have no doubts whatsoever that all the author claims took place.Read more ›
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This was an incredibly good book. Scary subject. Warriors for God doesn't seem much different than radical Islam, except naturally "Our God is right". This book dud prompt me to join the author's organization.
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Separation of Church and State is a major concept on which the United States of America was founded. However, this book makes a convincing case that this constitutional wall between Church and State has been breached in the armed services and the collegiate military academies (air force, navy, and army) by Christian evangelicals who proselytize and/or discriminate against those whose faith differs from theirs or who are atheists or agnostics. It provides many examples of violations of the constitutional rights of cadets and members of the armed services and makes clear that these are not isolated incidents, but an issue that has become much too common. The painful personal, career and/or academic consequences of this proselytizing to those cadets and members of the armed services who do not respond to the proselytizers are outlined in detail. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation was founded to assist military cadets and members of the armed services whose constitutional rights have been violated vis-à-vis religious freedom. I highly recommend reading this book to gain a better understanding of the extent of the penetration into the US military establishment of Christian evangelicals who are determined to proselytize others in their sphere of influence and to mold the military into the beliefs of their fundamentalist faith..
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What would you do if you found that people espousing a brand of intolerant evangelical religion were turning an organization that was responsible to a large degree for shaping your life and career into a tool for coercive recruitment? No, I'm not talking about the White House; I'm referring to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Mikey Weinstein, a self-described "militant Jew" took on the academy, the Air Force and the Department of Defense a couple of years back because of flagrant violations of the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution by the officers and cadets of the Air Force Academy. Their officers, chaplains and classmates were subjecting cadets to a robust and pervasive proselytizing of fundamentalist Christian doctrine. And if you happened to be Jewish, it was likely that you would be treated like an outsider, subjected to humiliation and possibly called a "Christ killer" by classmates.

"With God on Our Side: One Man's War Against an Evangelical Coup in America's Military" chronicles Weinstein's crusade against the school from he himself graduated with honors in 1974 and followed it with a distinguished record of service in the judge advocate general corps and three years on staff in the Reagan White House. So he's no slouch. Instead Weinstein is the third generation of a four-generation military family, and both his sons graduated from the Air Force Academy.

While the narrative occasionally gets rather breathless -- especially the first couple of chapters where the author is desperately trying to hook the reader with the power of Weinstein's personality and the gravity of his crusade, the book is well-written.

For a look into the underpinnings of the race to theocracy and the rise of radical evangelicalism that we are witnessing in America today, read this book.
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