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Posted February 5, 2007
If someone had said I'd be reading a book on politics and religion, much less buying it, from a former Missouri Senator who is (or was) a Republican, as I'm a lifelong Democrat, I'd have told this person that he or she was not right. Anyway, this excellent book by the former Senator, and Episcopalian minister, is 'on point', with its analysis of how religion and politics have been [both] misused especially by the 'far right', i.e., fundamentalist, so-called, 'Christians'. In analyzing the problem, Mr. Danforth gives concrete examples of how this divide: between fundamentalists and the rest of us, weakens our nation. Further, he offers a 'path' to 'reconciliation'. I'm guilty as the next, characterizing people of the GOP, as he says: 'nuts', because they wouldn't agree with me on many issues, e.g., war, poverty, abortion, and others which he does not 'shy away from' these issues, which is good. Many might feel he has betrayed his 'GOP'/'Republican' principles, but he has (to me) attempted to distinguish his views from his colleagues of a more 'conservative' ilk. Compared to today's Republican party, which been 'hijacked' by a right wing element that is stronger than than even the one that elected the late Ronald Reagan in the 1980's to the Presidency. Familiar names, from those times, e.g., Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and others, have become even more radical, and who see anyone, e.g., a moderate, or G-d forbid, 'liberal' Republican (not to mention Democrats and Independents) as 'godless'. He rightly says this does not help our country (the U.S.), much less contribute to 'true' 'Moral Values', e.g., which his book, and the one I plan to read (soon) by Robin Meyers, on the 'Religious Right', point out is a favorite 'buzzword' of the neocon, intolerant, practitioners of religion [particularly where it relates to politics]. He right says too, that to 'hate' anyone, which I'm guilty of but am trying to change [though I don't 'hate' anyone, even if I disagree with them], merely on religious and political differences, is wrong. People can agree to disagree without resorting to maligning people (especially those of us who call ourselves Christians. An excellent book, highly recommended to anyone who is willing to put the partisanship and the religious disagreements to one side, to move our nation forward, on those things on which all can agree (and there are some things, surely, that we can).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.