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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    Speaking the truth in the face of lies

    This book is spot on. I was raised in an extreme fundamental Baptist home my father and almost every other male in my family for generations being a Baptist minister. I grew up knowing many of the key players in the fundamentalist evangelical movement in the U.S. They are closet bigots, homo-phobes, and harbor great hatred for 'the world' or what they view as the secular devils--any who are outside of their realm of Christianity. According to the Christian fundamentalists, all other 'Christians' and those of any other faiths are demonized and damned to an eternity in hell unless they've uttered the sinners prayer and convert. These are dangerous people, and while this author may be preaching to the choir, what he is saying and the parallels he makes to other totalitarian regimes needs to be taken very seriously by the people in this country. If we sit back and ignore what is happening with this movement, we'll one day wake up to find that all of our civil liberties have been revoked by a bunch of bible-swinging, child-beating, woman-hating, homo-phobic literalists. Wake up America, before it's too late!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Very well written book about the Christian right's ongoing attack on this country. I was raised Catholic, and have very strong spiritual beliefs, but I found this book, and the information contained within, to be very frightening and very sad. It demonstrates the proof of Sinclair Lewis' statement: "Fascism will arrive, wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross".

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Useful study of one kind of fascism in the USA

    As Umberto Eco writes in his introduction, within fundamentalism, "there can be no advancement of learning. Truth has already been spelt out once and for all ." The Bible, including the New Testament, gives aid to anti-Semitism. As Hedges notes, "Hatred of Jews and other non-Christians pervades the Gospel of John (3: 18-20). Jews, he wrote, are children of the devil, the father of lies (John 8: 39-44)." Hedges notes the destruction of US manufacturing industry, whose jobs were 53 per cent of the economy in 1965 but just 9 per cent in 2004. These jobs used to pay $51K a year. Currently available jobs in leisure and hospitality pay $16K and in health care $33K. The states that vote Republican and have large evangelical populations also have higher rates of murder, illegitimacy, teenage births and divorce. Hedges observes, "The movement allows marginalized people the pleasure of denouncing others, of condemning those they fear becoming." Timothy LaHaye, author of the fundamentalist 'Left behind' series, used to run training seminars for the extreme right-wing John Birch society. The Christian Right proposes extreme right-wing policies - anti-Semitism and other conspiracy theories; calls for unregulated capitalism; attacks on science, on enlightenment and secular values, on welfare, public education and public housing; calls to destroy the environment, trade unions and a free press; and calls for wars on Palestinians, Syrians and Iranians. Hedges started by quoting Karl Popper: "Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. ... We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant." As theologian Richard Fenn wrote, "Silent complicity with apocalyptic rhetoric soon becomes collusion with plans for religiously inspired genocide." Wrongly, and irrelevantly in a book about fascism, Hedges asserts, not argues, that communism is like fascism, yet of course communists defend science, enlightenment and secular values, trade unions, a free press, the environment, welfare, public education and public housing and peace.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Liberal anti christan biased book

    If you love being lied to, being totaly controlled by the govornment and having terrorists and communists in power(librals) this pethetic excuse for a book that killed trees in an atempt to brainwash people to make obama a dictator, this book is for you!

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