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The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege Paperback – September 4, 2007
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“For anybody who wants to understand the growing public role of American religion, [The Theocons] is a book to reckon with.”—The New York Times Book Review“Literate and reasonable. . . . One of the most enlightening critiques of the Religious Right to date.” —Booklist“The Theocons constitutes a major step toward reclaiming the liberal heritage that has made America great.”—Alan Wolfe, author of The Transformation of American Religion“Invaluable. . . . Alarming. . . . Devastating as a critique of the theocratic ambitions of those who now control the Republican Party.”—Andrew Sullivan
About the Author
Damon Linker is a Senior Writing Fellow in the Center for Critical Writing at the University of Pennsylvania. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, National Review, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, The Public Interest, The Review of Politics, The Review of Metaphysics, and the American Behavioral Scientist. From May 2001 to February 2005, he worked under Richard John Neuhaus at First Things—first as associate editor of the journal, then as its editor. Prior to joining the magazine, he taught political philosophy at Brigham Young University and served as a speechwriter for New York’s Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Linker studied history, philosophy, and writing at Ithaca College, graduating with a BA in 1991. He went on to earn an MA in European history from New York University and a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University. Born in New York City, Linker currently lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
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Me, I try my best to stay OUT of politics as I see my service to God in an entirely different light. Governments by their very nature are very secular with an occasional appearance of looking liked the "good guys".
I find it my challenge to produce the "fruit of the spirit". will suffice to show me as a true patriot.
My patriotism is wrapped up in three requirements. 1. Pay my taxes. 2. Obey the laws of the land. 3. Pray for our leaders....at that includes President Obama.
And I might add in closing, my God is a God that seeks volunteers, not coerced people.
Fortunately I was able to locate and read the exceptional newer follow-up (different author) book "Attack of the Theocrats" through our local library regional network...
A must read to see the clearly intentional phases of this process unfolding.
I would strongly suggest a number of well researched (in one case extremely so) books that demonstrate how far this strategy veers away from the intents of our Founding Fathers (and literally the beliefs of several).
These are books that are especially good in dealing with the input of the core Founding Fathers (and the backgrounds that influenced them).
An exceptional book in that regards would be "Nature's God" by Matthew Stewart (be forewarned, it is a book that needs strong focus to wade through and get its fullest measure). This +400 page book has (additionally) over 90 pages of reference notes.
Equally good books (that are somewhat easier reads) include "The Faith of Our Founding Fathers" by David Holmes, "Revolutionary Spirits" by Gary Kowalski (also especially good), "Moral Minority" by Brooke Allen, "That's Not What They Meant!" by Michael Austin, and from the then recognized best-selling publicist of the Revolution whose works impacted very significantly on the sway of the Colonies towards Independence and in staying the course, "Thomas Paine Complete Works" by Daryl Marks (or any of his direct writings such as "Common Sense").
As Theocratic politicians and avid active fundamentalist supporters would likewise do well to recall (as many of their activities put them in heretical violation of their own Holy Scripture of the inerrant Word of God... in other words, a good read for every States Republican Party Select Committee!):
1 Peter 2:13-14
For ignorance in this Age of Information is so offensive as to be an abomination!