The Theocons

The Theocons

Secular America Under Siege

Book - 2006
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The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege Damon Linker What do you believe about America? Do you believe the Catholic Church should be actively intervening in American politics on the side of the Republican Party? Do you believe the federal government should be channeling billions of tax dollars a year to churches and other religious organizations? Do you believe a microscopic clump of cells in a petri dish possesses the same rights that you possess? Do you believe a doctor who performs abortionsand a woman who chooses to have an abortionshould be arrested and charged with murder? Do you believe the public schools should actively teach children to doubt the scientific theory of evolution? Do you believe legally available contraception is producing a "culture of death" in the United States? Do you believe that the United States should be a Christian nation? The theocons answer YES to all of these questions. DO YOU? If you don't, you will agree thatThe Theoconsis a critically important look at the conservative forces that are transforming the political and cultural landscape of our country, to such an extent that the separation of church and state as we have known it will cease to exist. George W. Bush has gone out of his way to blur the line between religion and politics in Americathis is acknowledged by his strongest supporters no less than by his most strident critics. The most common explanation of the president's religious agenda points to rise of evangelical Protestantism. Yet as Damon Linker demonstrates in his groundbreakingbook, an exclusive focus on the role of evangelicals misses the heart of the story. At its core, the Bush administration's overt religiosity represents the triumph of an ideological movement that for the past several decades has devoted itself to fashioning a theocratic governing philosophy for the United Statesa governing philosophy rooted in Roman Catholicism. Led by Father Richard John Neuhaus, this group of "theoconservatives" has actively sought to roll back the division of church and state in American life. The election of 2000 brought the theocons to the peak of political power and influence in Washington. Their ideas inspire the most controversial and divisive policies of the Bush administrationpolicies whose ultimate goal is nothing less than the end of secular politics in America.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385516471
Characteristics: xiv, 272 p. ; 25 cm.


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LRS1969 Feb 03, 2015

While somewhat outdated, it is only so in the context of the situation having worsened in being demonstrative of America's continuing to slide ever more closely to a combined ultra right-wing Fascists theocracy / plutocracy oriented dictatorship.

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").


John 8:32

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 very good read for Tea Party and Liberty Coalition groups... and each states Republican Party Select Committee!):

Romans 13:1-2

Romans 13:6

1 Peter 2:13-14

Matthew 22:20-22

For ignorance in this Age of Information is so offensive as to be an abomination!


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