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Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State Paperback – July 1, 2003
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"...very useful overview for students and those seeking introduction to an issue that is not likely to go away." -- Conscience, Winter 2003-4
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"This well-written book by an experienced journalist and student of church-state relations aggressively challenges the assertions of the Religious Right and shows most of them to be distortions, half-truths, and outright lies. . . . It should be in every school district's curriculum library." -- Contemporary Education
"Sketches out a strong, clear set of debating points for use by those seeking to keep government from meddling in religion and vice versa. . . . [I]t should make a handy and useful guide." -- San Francisco Bay Area Guardian
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I brought this book because I was interested in Mr. Boston's interpretation of Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists where he penned the metaphor "separation of church and state". Although the book, whose title suggest this would be the main issue, does touch on the subject it is definitely one that the author has much interest in writing about. Yes Mr. Boston gives you a brief background, one that seems to be lacking in historicity of the event, and then Mr. Boston gives you his interpretations of the letters but he never provides you with the original letters. I wondered why a book whose main thesis is built up on "the separation of church and state" never reproduced the famous documents? It wasn't until I looked them up myself and read them in the original form that the context became crystal clear.
The main reason Mr. Boston dare not include them in his book is that the original letters destroy Mr. Boston's interpretation and therefore his credibility.
I suggest that anyone who has been duped by this carefully laid out propaganda, and many have just look at the reviews, they need to go back and reread the letters in question.
And no one in the media corrected him!
When religious groups want to control the government and the people from inside the womb to after the grave a serious battle must occur, not just light skirmishes. This book helps the citizen-soldier get through the light skirmishes while girding themselves for the inevitable battle for personal religious rights, free from government, of all Americans.
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